New Bedford to Serve as Wind Farm Staging Area

Wednesday, October 20, 2010 -- Governor Patrick highlights job growth and economic prosperity that will come with New Bedford's new marine terminal and the state's commitment to help get it built. Photo credit: Matt Bennett/Governor's Office and New Bedford, Massachusetts, has been chosen as the site for an estimated $35 million deepwater port to be used as a staging area for the giant wind turbines destined for the Cape Wind Nantucket Sound wind farm, state officials confirmed tonight.

Artist rendition of the New Bedford Terminal.

The 20-acre New Bedford Marine Commerce Terminal is expected to bring about 200 jobs to the city during construction and is designed to lure more marine industries to the Whaling City. Gov. Deval Patrick is scheduled to announce the project tomorrow in New Bedford. The terminal will be paid for through a mix of city, state and federal funding as well as from fees paid from those who use the port including from Cape Wind. Construction is expected to start by the end of the year.

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Video: Gov. Deval Patrick Announcement


Gov. Deval Patrick announced that New Bedford has been chosen as the site for a multimillion-dollar facility to support the installation of offshore wind projects including Cape Wind.