US offshore wind tender process to be sped up

Massachusetts is slashing three months from its tender process of supplying up to 800 MW of offshore wind, which can make projects available for larger tax discounts.

Photo: Fred.Olsen Windcarrier

The US state of Massachussetts is increasing the pace of its offshore wind construction. The tender will still be launched on Friday June 30 as planned, nor has the deadline for project developers to submit a bid changed from December 20. However three months will be slashed from the deadline for contract negotiations, which ran up to November 1 2018 and will now take place earlier on July 31 2018.

This has been announced by the state's Department of Public Utilities (PUC).

"Given that bidders will have 300 days, or the better part of a year, to review the contract documents and prepare for negotiations, we are not persuaded that the proposed timeframe for contract negotiation is reasonable. Therefore, we find it more appropriate to reduce the proposed contract evaluation period to 70 days," is the explanation.

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