The Eversource Energy / Sprague Oil facility is a 29-acre (11.7 hectare) waterfront lot located at 180 MacArthur Drive in New Bedford, MA. The site is owned by two distinct entities and has a history of heavy industrial use, as the site was previously used as a manufactured gas plant and tar processing facility. Until recently, Eversource parcels were used as Eversource’s regional hub, and Sprague uses its waterfront land as a bulk petroleum terminal.
The site has good access to the interstate highway, to deep water, and a local workforce. The historical industrial uses indicate there is the risk and prevalence of environmental impacts on the property that are being addressed and may need to continue to be addressed.
The site is 35 nautical miles (65 km) from the leading edge of the offshore wind energy areas located south of Martha’s Vineyard, with no overhead restrictions, navigable depth restriction of 28.9 feet (8.8 m) MLLW into the harbor and width restriction from the New Bedford/Fairhaven Hurricane Barrier of 150 feet (45.7 m). The upland part of the site is partially improved with buildings, asphalt and concrete.