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Three firms bid to construct Cape Wind terminal

Award of contract expected within 90 days

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The Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) has received three construction bids for the development of the New Bedford Marine Commerce Terminal, which the state government has selected as the staging area for the Cape Wind project.

The agency opened bidding in December for the facility, which is expected to be completed in 2014. It will be the first in the US designed to support the deployment of offshore wind projects.

"The development of this port facility will further establish Massachusetts as the hub for the emerging offshore wind energy industry along the East Coast," said Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Rick Sullivan.

Cashman Equipment Corp. of Braintree, Cashman-Weeks NB of Quincy, and Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Company, LLC of Oak Brook, Illinois submitted base bids of $92.1m, $56.9m, and $83.2m respectively. The contractors also submitted a list of bids for optional services that MassCEC had not yet determined were needed before putting out the bid notice.

The state’s energy department estimated last November that the final cost of the terminal would be approximately $100m.

MassCEC expects to award the construction contract within 90 days.

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