BIW eyes offshore wind opportunities

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September 29, 2009

Bath Iron Works eyes offshore wind market

Bath Iron Works is researching the offshore wind energy market, reports the Maine Times Record.

A shipyard contingent traveled to Europe as part of Gov. John Baldacci's energy trade mission last week, during which members of the governor's group connected with StatoilHydro and discussed a possible visit to Maine. StatoilHydro recently launched the world's first full-scale floating wind turbine in a pilot project in the North Sea.

In Maine, a partnership with StatoilHydro would seem to fit with Baldacci's plans for offshore wind power generation, notes the newspaper. The governor has expressed a desire for the state to generate 3,000 megawatts of wind energy by 2020, with at least 300 megawatts of that total coming from offshore operations.

The State Planning Office and Department of Conservation have been engaged in seeking deepwater wind turbine testing areas off the Maine coast.

"We went over there, we saw what they did and if they want to come over here and see what our capabilities are and continue the dialogue, we consider that a good thing," BIW spokesman Jim DeMartini told The Times Record this morning. "It's consistent with our overall objective of learning as much as we can in this process. We'll gain some feedback from some folks who have already gone down the pioneer path and have learned a lot of valuable lessons as we continue to investigate this field."

Read the Times Record report HERE


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