USA-based Crowley is moving forward with the development of the Salem Harbor Wind Terminal in Massachusetts with the purchase of 42 acres (17 ha) of land.
The terminal is a public-private partnership between Crowley and the City of Salem, with Avangrid serving as the port’s anchor tenant through its Commonwealth Wind and Park City Wind projects. It will be a logistics and operations centre for turbine pre-assembly, transportation, staging activities and storage of assembly components.
Crowley Wind Services, the company’s business unit dedicated to developing clean wind energy resources, will operate the terminal.
“By closing on the property, Crowley, the City of Salem, and Avangrid as the port’s anchor tenant, have moved one step closer to creating a dedicated port terminal to support the US offshore wind industry’s growth,” said Bob Karl, senior vice president and general manager, Crowley Wind Services. “We will continue to focus on delivering a high performing terminal that the community can take pride in, providing economic opportunity and environmental sustainability.”
The terminal site project will result in the redevelopment of the former Salem Harbor Station, a decommissioned coal-fired energy plant.
“Crowley’s acquisition of this site in Salem marks an important step forward for Massachusetts’ offshore wind industry and the development of the critical port infrastructure needed to build a clean energy future in the United States,” said Avangrid ceo Pedro Azagra. “The Commonwealth Wind project is a transformational opportunity that will bring substantial jobs, investment, and clean reliable energy to Massachusetts, and we are pleased to work with Crowley and the City of Salem as this important port project moves forward.”
Commonwealth Wind represents the largest offshore wind project in New England and will create 11,000 full time equivalent jobs over the project’s lifetime while generating enough energy to power 750,000 homes annually. Park City Wind, named after the City of Bridgeport, is an offshore wind project to power that will power 400,000 homes per year for Connecticut.
Construction of the wind terminal is expected to start in summer 2023, with the terminal complete in 2025.