Request for Proposals: Accelerating Local Supply of Critical Marine Noise Mitigation Systems for Offshore Wind Construction

Through this Request for Proposals (“RFP”), the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (“MassCEC”), in collaboration with Vineyard Wind 1 LLC (“Vineyard Wind”), is seeking to competitively select and fund one (1) qualified applicant or applicant team (“Applicant”) to establish the operational capability to provide “big bubble curtain” marine noise mitigation services to offshore wind projects in southern New England and deploy a secondary big bubble curtain in a pilot demonstration campaign during the monopile foundation installation of the Vineyard Wind 1 project. Vineyard Wind 1, the first commercial-scale offshore wind project in the U.S., will provide an opportunity for the selected locally based Applicant to demonstrate the capacity to supply and deploy this important technology to mitigate underwater noise during offshore wind pile driving activity during the construction of the wind farm and subsequent offshore wind projects.

For this RFP, the available grant funds for the bubble curtain procurement and pilot deployment on the Vineyard Wind 1 Project are up to Five Million Dollars ($5,000,000) from the Vineyard Wind Industry Initiative of the Offshore Wind Accelerator Program. Applicants must provide a minimum of a fifty percent (50%) cost share for the total project cost.

As detailed in the RFP, Applicants must satisfy certain pre-qualification criteria established by Vineyard Wind, including entering into a non-disclosure agreement with Vineyard Wind and other steps that demonstrate the ability of the Applicant to meet legal and technical specifications. Any grant award under this RFP will be contingent upon the ability of the selected Applicant to successfully execute contracts with both MassCEC and Vineyard Wind.

Status
Open
Status Details
Opened August 01, 2022​
Award Potential
Up to $5,000,000
Application Deadline
August 31, 2022 4 PM ET
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Funding Schedule

Process Step 

Timing

Release of RFP 

August 1, 2022 

Deadline for initiating the prequalification process with Vineyard Wind 

August 12, 2022 

Questions due to MassCEC 

August 12, 2022 

Questions with Answers Posted to MassCEC Website 

August 19, 2022 

Deadline for obtaining a Prequalification Certificate from Vineyard Wind 

 

August 26, 2022 

Proposals Due 

August 31, 2022, by 4 pm ET

Notification of Preferred Bidder(s) and Negotiations with Vineyard Wind   

September 2, 2022 – September 23, 2022 

Contract Award 

September 23, 2022

*Dates after application due date are anticipated dates. All dates are subject to change at MassCEC’s discretion.

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Application Process

To respond to this RFP, submit your proposal via email to offshorewind@masscec.com by 4:00 pm ET on August 31, 2022. The words “Response to RFP OSW-2022-04” must appear in the email subject line. The proposal must be in electronic PDF file format, preferably no more than two (2) files. 

Send application and all other required documentation to offshorewind@masscec.com 

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