Middleboro, Mass.-based Tank Sales Corp. will manufacture foundations and other metalwork components for the Cape Wind project in Nantucket Sound. Mass Tank, a longtime manufacturer of steel storage tanks, will enter into a partnership with Erndtebrucker Eisenwerk GmbH & Co. KG (EEW) to provide offshore wind energy components from a new facility located at a Massachusetts site to be determined, as well as at EEW's European production facilities.
‘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,’ says Carl Horstmann, CEO of Mass Tank. ‘This project will help spearhead Massachusetts as a supply-chain leader in offshore wind, creating hundreds of jobs for the commonwealth.’
Cape Wind Associates has entered into a letter of intent with Mass Tank and EEW to purchase monopile foundations and transition pieces, which connect the foundation to the turbine tower, as well as other related steel products, including platforms, ladders, and piping, for construction of its wind project in Nantucket Sound.
‘These new manufacturing jobs coming to Massachusetts, along with the 600 to 1,000 construction jobs and 150 (direct and indirect) jobs during the 25-year operations phase for Cape Wind will help establish Massachusetts as a leader in offshore wind energy,’ says Jim Gordon, president of Cape Wind Associates.
SOURCE: Office of Gov. Deval Patrick