Crowley purchases land for Salem Harbour Wind Terminal
The Florida-based logistics company Crowley, has purchased 42 acres in Salem, in the American state of Massachusetts, marking another milestone in their development of Salem Harbour Wind Terminal, the state’s second major offshore wind port terminal.
The terminal project includes the redevelopment of the former Salem Harbour Station, a decommissioned coal-fired energy plant. Construction of the Salem Wind Terminal is expected to start in the summer of 2023, with the terminal complete in 2025. The project will create approximately 800 jobs (full-time equivalent job years) in the support of the construction and staging of wind projects and daily operations.
Operated by Crowley Wind Services, it will serve as a logistics and operations centre for turbine pre-assembly, transportation, staging activities and assembly component storage. The terminal is a collaboration between Crowley and the City of Salem, while the Connecticut-based renewable energy company AVANGRID serves as the port’s key tenant through two projects approximately 34 kilometres south of Martha’s Vineyard, Commonwealth Wind, a 1,232 MW offshore wind farm (OWF), and Park City Wind, an 804 MW OWF.
Commonwealth Wind is the largest OWF in New England and will generate enough energy to power 750,000 homes annually. It will also create 11,000 full-time equivalent jobs over the project’s lifetime while Park City Wind, named after the City of Bridgeport, is an offshore wind project that will power 400,000 homes per year for Connecticut.
Bob Karl, senior vice president and general manager of Crowley Wind Services, stated: “By closing on the property, Crowley, the City of Salem, and AVANGRID as the port’s anchor tenant, has moved one step closer to creating a dedicated port terminal to support the U.S. offshore wind industry’s growth. We will continue to focus on delivering a high-performing terminal that the community can take pride in, providing economic opportunity and environmental sustainability.”
AVANGRID CEO Pedro Azagra, continued: “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. 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.”
Lastly, Salem Mayor Kimberley Driscoll, added: “Crowley’s acquisition of this property represents a major milestone in our shared efforts to transform Salem Harbour into a world-class offshore wind port. I am grateful to both Crowley and Avangrid for their commitment to our partnership and to our community. This critical project will bring hundreds of good paying jobs and millions in direct investment to Salem and is essential to the Commonwealth’s ability to achieve our clean energy targets.”