As first reported by OWJ on 11 January 2019, MHI Vestas Offshore Wind is to establish its US base in Boston, with recent hire Jason Folsom leading the company’s efforts. The office will focus initially on sales and strategy as it develops a local footprint for projects in the region.
Mr Folsom is the company’s US national sales director. Additional administrative staff will be hired in the coming months as the company progresses its plans for the 800-MW Vineyard Wind project as well as exploring potential projects in nearby states.
Massachusetts governor Charlie Baker said, “The Baker-Polito Administration was proud to secure the largest single procurement of offshore wind by any state in the country, and MHI Vestas’ selection of Massachusetts for its North American headquarters is one of a series of initial steps that will support the Commonwealth remaining a national leader for this emerging industry.
“We look forward to helping lead this new frontier for American energy and establishing a hub for offshore wind development on the east coast through continued collaboration with MHI Vestas and the rest of the offshore wind industry.”
MHI Vestas co-CEO Lars Bondo Krogsgaard said, “We believe that the US offshore wind industry is starting a prosperous journey, and we are committed to working with our partners to contribute with our latest technology and experience to the transformation of the energy sector. Our office in Boston is our first step before establishing an actual supply chain.”
The 800-MW Vineyard Wind project off the coast of Martha’s Vineyard will be the company’s first project and is due to be installed starting in 2021. It will be the first large-scale offshore wind park in the US, with MHI Vestas V164-9.5 MW turbines.
The Vineyard Wind project is large enough to serve as a catalyst for the build-up of a local supply chain in the region. Once the turbine supply order is confirmed, MHI Vestas will ramp up the process of local hiring and supply chain investment to support the project as it nears the construction phase.
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