Cape Wind signs major cable contracts

On track to become America's first offshore wind farm
Cape Wind signs contracts with three firms to begin construction.

Cape Wind is another step closer to making history

The first U.S. offshore wind project to be fully permitted

South Carolina-based Prysmian Cables and Systems USA has won a contract to supply inter-array and export power cables for the 468MW Cape Wind offshore wind farm.

New Jersey-based Caldwell Marine International has also been roped for installation of the underwater cables at the scheme off the coast of Massachusetts, which will feature 130 Siemens 3.6MW turbines.

Two significant milestones

In average winds, Cape Wind will provide three quarters of the Cape and Islands electricity needs and reduce global warming greenhouse gas emissions by 734,000 tons per year.

Cape Wind announced today that South Carolina-based Prysmian Cables and Systems USA has been awarded the contract for the eventual supply of the intra array and export power cables for Cape Wind's offshore wind farm and New Jersey-based Caldwell Marine International has been awarded the contract for the installation of the underwater cables. The new contracts mark significant project milestones.

Cape Wind President Jim Gordon said, "I am pleased that Prysmian Cables and Systems USA and Caldwell Marine International will play important roles in helping build Cape Wind, they are capable companies that will help establish a domestic offshore wind supply chain."

A news release from the company said that the onshore transmission cables would be manufactured by Prysmian at its high voltage manufacturing facility based in Abbeville, South Carolina and installed by its New Jersey based installation team in a series of duct banks between the point of landfall and the electric grid interconnection at the NSTAR Barnstable substation.

A Falmouth based company is involved

The duct banks will be constructed by Falmouth-based Lawrence-Lynch Corp. under an agreement Cape Wind previously announced.

New Jersey-based Caldwell Marine International will install the submarine intra array and export cables using specialized vessels and equipment. For Caldwell Marine International, which has 30 years of experience in the installation of specialized underwater cable, offshore wind represents a new growth area for their company.

"We are thrilled to be expanding into the offshore wind sector and we are proud to help build Cape Wind, America's first offshore wind farm," said Rolando Acosta, President of Caldwell Marine International. "This is an opportunity for our company to become part of the supply chain of this new domestic offshore wind industry," Acosta added.

"This announcement is a big step forward for Cape Wind and our members are looking forward to getting to work on constructing this important project," said Gerard Dhooge, President, Boston & New England Maritime Trades Council, AFL-CIO.

The local benefits continue to grow

Cape Wind will create up to a thousand jobs in assembly and ocean construction, boosting our local economy and creating 150 permanent jobs thereafter, including 50 highly paid maintenance and operations jobs based on Cape Cod.

Cape Wind will be America's first offshore wind farm and will help catalyze a domestic offshore wind industry and related supply chain. It is the first U.S. offshore wind project to be fully permitted, and to have been issued a commercial lease and received approval for its Construction and Operations Plan by the U.S. Department of Interior. Cape Wind has secured long term power purchase agreements with National Grid and NSTAR, the two largest electric utilities in Massachusetts. Cape Wind is currently in its financing phase, significant investments have already been announced. For more information visit welcomes thoughtful comments and the varied opinions of our readers. We are in no way obligated to post or allow comments that our moderators deem inappropriate. We reserve the right to delete comments we perceive as profane, vulgar, threatening, offensive, racially-biased, homophobic, slanderous, hateful or just plain rude. Commenters may not attack or insult other commenters, readers or writers. Commenters who persist in posting inappropriate comments will be banned from commenting on