Mayflower submits bids for up to 1.2 GW in Massachusetts offshore wind cycle
Sept. 27 (Renewables Now) – Mayflower Wind Energy LLC announced last week that it has submitted multiple bids in the third Massachusetts offshore wind tender, with the largest scenario considering the 1,200 MW interconnector at Brayton Point .
Mayflower Wind is a joint venture (JV) between Royal Dutch Shell Plc (AMS: RDSA) and Ocean Winds, which in turn is a joint venture created by EDP Renovaveis SA (ELI: EDPR) and Engie SA (EPA: ENGI). It is developing an offshore wind turbine rental area that could accommodate more than 2,000 MW and was awarded 804 MW as part of the second Massachusetts offshore wind solicitation.
The company said the more ambitious scenario will see it spend up to $ 81 million (€ 69 million) on its economic development program. The success of the tender will also allow it to set up an operations and maintenance (O&M) port in Fall River at the Borden & Remington Ironworks complex.
This is the second bidder to reveal their participation in the call for tenders. Vineyard Wind LLC, a joint venture between Avangrid Renewables and Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (CIP), said a week earlier that it had submitted two options for its Commonwealth Wind program, 1.2 GW and 800 MW, in Massachusetts Request for Proposals (RfP). It was subsequently announced that Avangrid Inc (NYSE: AGR) and CIP had agreed to restructure the assets of Vineyard Wind.
Public versions of the bids filed in response to the Massachusetts Clean Energy 83C III tender were released on Thursday last week. The list includes Mayflower Wind and Vineyard Wind.
The tender was opened in May this year, aiming to acquire at least 400 MW and up to 1,600 MW of projects.
The winners will be announced in December.
Earlier this year, Mayflower Wind announced the acquisition of interconnection rights at Brayton Point, the site of a former coal-fired power plant, in Somerset, Massachusetts.
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