SOMERSET — With the cooling towers and chimneys demolished and a lot of other structures taken down on the Brayton Point Commerce Center site,significant progress toward getting the property ready to be developed has been made and, according to Neil McLaughlin, co-director of Patriot Stevedoring + Logistics, the company operating the site’s marine terminal, there has been a lot of interest from the offshore wind industry.
“We’re excited,” McLaughlin said in a telephone interview with The Spectator last week. “Things are going in the right direction. We’re working hard to get the offshore wind folks in here. That’s the focus and it seems like we’re making good progress.”
McLaughlin said the demolition on the property is largely complete and the focus now is on grading the property. He said it is a very manageable job because the site is already relatively level. McLaughlin said the grading is necessary to meet offshore wind facility requirements.
The Somerset Conservation Commission will review the plan for the grading that is provided by Commercial Development Company.
He said the goal is to have the property site ready by the end of the year.
The federal government has delayed development of offshore wind facilities. McLaughlin said the offshore wind industry will be looking to install equipment in 2022 or 2023.
“There’s no concern about us being ready on time,” McLaughlin said of the Brayton Point site. “We will be ready before they are.”
McLaughlin said the Brayton Point Commerce Center is gathering momentum as a port, and the offshore wind industry is noticing that.
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