Mass Tank to build facility to manufacture Cape Wind components

Posted 10/13/10

MIDDLEBORO, Mass., – Mass Tank will build a new facility – at an undetermined location - to manufacture foundations and metalwork components for the Cape Wind renewable energy project in Nantucket Sound.

The manufacturing facility will create at least 100 jobs and possibly more than 350 jobs, said Mass. Gov. Deval L. Patrick in a press release on Oct. 13.

Mass Tank would work in partnership with Erndtebrucker Eisenwerk GmbH & Co. KG, the world’s leading manufacturer of offshore wind energy structural components, to provide the components.

Nevertheless, the partnership between Mass Tank and EEW is not only for Cape Wind, the Boston Globe reported, citing Tim Mack, head of business development, offshore wind, for EEW. Mack said that the new facility may ship the pilings overseas and try to find domestic contracts for steel pipes with the U.S. offshore oil and gas industry.

Cape Wind Associates has entered into a Letter of Intent to purchase monopile foundations and transition pieces, as well as other related steel products including platforms, ladders and piping for the construction of its wind project in Nantucket Sound, the press release stated.

“We are very excited to have the opportunity to participate in this first-of-its-kind manufacturing facility serving the offshore wind industry in the United States,” said Carl Horstmann, CEO of Mass Tank. “This project will help spearhead Massachusetts as a supply-chain leader in offshore wind.”

The Cape Wind project is currently in the final regulatory steps after 10 years of review. Last week, the federal government signed the nation’s first offshore wind lease in federal waters with Cape Wind.

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