Xodus Group and BW Research Partnership are to conduct a research project to assess the local and regional supply chain in support of the growing offshore wind industry in and around Massachusetts
Working on behalf of the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC), Xodus and BW Research, in co-ordination with Greentree Consulting and the Massachusetts Manufacturing Extension Partnership, will deliver a comprehensive offshore wind supply chain assessment and gap analysis.
The assessment and gap analysis will be based on the requirements of developers and tier one companies, and the capabilities, qualifications and interest of Massachusetts companies and neighbouring states.
MassCEC is supporting efforts to develop a robust local supply chain in Massachusetts and throughout the region that can manufacture and produce turbine components and associated equipment at a scale necessary to serve planned and anticipated offshore wind projects.
It hopes it can enable the industry to improve efficiency and reduce costs as the scale of development grows, helping local communities further realise the economic benefits associated with offshore wind.
Xodus director of operations, Boston, Jamie MacDonald said, “Our outreach campaign will provide an indepth assessment of the offshore wind supply chain to identify the strengths of Massachusetts and neighbouring states.
“This is a big step in the right direction in working towards a multi-state regional supply chain cluster, offering the industry a wide network and the best of what each state has to offer. We aim to create a local sustainable supply chain to ensure offshore wind as an industry can be more efficient in the future, providing significant economic impacts for the region.
“Overall, our mission is to deliver a responsible energy future. This means achieving a future where energy projects are sustainable from a technical, social, environmental, ethical and economic perspective. Working with MassCEC will be an important part of enabling this future energy transition.”
MassCEC’s 2018 Massachusetts Offshore Wind Workforce Assessment found the estimated direct impact (development and construction) of 1,600 MW of offshore wind energy on state economic output ranges from US$675M to US$800M.
The assessment further estimated indirect (supply chain) impacts of US$360M to US$775M, and a total economic impact between US$1.4Bn to US$2.1Bn (direct, indirect, and induced).
MassCEC chief executive Steve Pike said, “Massachusetts is committed to supporting the expansion and development of the local and regional supply chain to meet the needs of the growing offshore wind industry.
“To do so, we need more detailed understanding of the specific capabilities that exist in Massachusetts and the region, and we are pleased that Xodus and BW Research will bring their experience and expertise to help Massachusetts companies capture as much of this new business opportunity as possible.”
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