The Commercial Development Company, Inc. (CDC)s Brayton Point LLC and Anbaric have announced an agreement to launch the Anbaric Renewable Energy Cente..."> The Commercial Development Company, Inc. (CDC)s Brayton Point LLC and Anbaric have announced an agreement to launch the Anbaric Renewable Energy Cente...">

Developments underway for Brayton Point wind hub

The Commercial Development Company, Inc. (CDC)s Brayton Point LLC and Anbaric have announced an agreement to launch the Anbaric Renewable Energy Center at the CDCs Brayton Point Commerce Center in Somerset, Massachusetts. The agreement builds upon CDCs vision to transform the former coal-fired power plant site into a logistics port, manufacturing hub and support centre for the offshore wind energy sector.

The central element of the Renewable Energy Center is a 1,200-megawatt (MW) high-voltage direct current (HVDC) converter – an investment estimated at $250 million which aims to serve the offshore wind industry. In addition, Anbaric will commence development of 400 MW of battery storage on site, which would bring an additional $400 million in investment.  

"The Renewable Energy Center represents Anbarics broader vision for its Massachusetts OceanGrid project: high-capacity transmission infrastructure to maximize the potential of the regions offshore wind energy resource,"
said Edward Krapels, CEO, Anbaric. "As Massachusetts considers harnessing more offshore wind, the right infrastructure needs to be envisioned and set in motion. An HVDC substation is an important piece not only for Brayton Point Commerce Center, but also Massachusetts status as a leader in offshore wind."

Two 500-ft cooling towers at the retired Brayton Point site in Somerset, Massachusetts were recently demolished through the use of controlled explosives. The demolishing of the former coal fired plant follows its closure back in 2017 and marks a step in the process of revamping the waterfront site for offshore renewables.

Brayton Point was the largest coal-fired generating station in New England, and was the last coal-fired power station in Massachusetts to provide power to the regional grid. Construction of the cooling towers began in 2009 and the plant ceased power generation on 1st June 2017.

Brayton Point LLC, an affiliate of Commercial Development Company (CDC), purchased the 308-acre property in January 2018, with the aim to reposition as a hub for offshore wind. CDC is a privately-held, diversified real estate acquisition and development firm whose principal competency lies within the acquisition, repositioning, and redevelopment of underutilised, distressed or environmentally challenged properties.

Demolition works kicked off in September 2018 and, with the controlled implosion of the cooling towers completed, site grading and preparation works for new development will follow in the summer.

The east coast of the US is a hotbed of activity for offshore wind, with many states vying to establish the first commercial scale projects and infrastructure to support the expansion of the technology. Currently, there is only one offshore wind farm operating in US waters, the 30MW
Block Island project. Located off the coast of Rhode Island, the five turbine array has been in operation since 2016, and produces approximately 125,000 MWh of electricity annually; enough to meet the electricity demands of up to 17,000 households.

For more information on offshore wind developments in the US,
click here. You can also view projects worldwide, using 4C Offshores interactive map.

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