R.I. officials mark construction start for wind farm

Providence Journal | April 27, 2015 | Column by Alex Kuffner

NORTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. -- Governor Raimondo and the Rhode Island congressional delegation will join Deepwater Wind leaders in the Quonset Business Park on Monday to celebrate the start of local construction activities for the first offshore wind farm in the United States.

Providence Journal photo / Sandor BodoStart of construction of the first offshore wind farm in the U.S. kicks off at the Quonset Business Park in North Kingstown

The event is being held at Specialty Diving Services, a Quonset-based company that Deepwater has hired to fabricate parts of the foundations for the five-turbine wind farm being planned off Block Island.

The main pieces of the steel latticework foundations are being built in Louisiana by Gulf Island Fabrications, a company with experience in the oil and gas industry. The foundations will be shipped to the construction site about three miles southeast of Block Island this summer and installed over several weeks.

The cable and turbines will follow next year, and the wind farm is scheduled to be in full operation in the fall of 2016.

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