Massachusetts company proposes 2,000-MW offshore transmission project

Charlottesville, Virginia (Platts)--14 Nov 2011 504 pm EST/2204 GMT

Anbaric Transmission has taken the first step toward building New England's first offshore transmission truck line, designed to accommodate 2,000 MW of offshore wind energy, the company said Monday.

The Massachusetts-based company, which is behind the construction of two other large submarine transmission projects in the Northeast, has filed an interconnection request with ISO New England for the new project.

Called the Bay State Offshore Wind Transmission System, the project is designed to serve developers who responded to a request for interest from the Department of Interior's Bureau of Ocean Energy Management for offshore wind proposals. The federal agency received responses from ten developers who proposed 8,000 MW of offshore wind.

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The fact that each project is over 25 miles from the shore makes it impractical and uneconomical for each of the ten developers to build individual direct current transmission lines, according to Ed Krapels, Anbaric's president.

"We'll provide them a lower cost solution that capitalizes on our expertise in high-voltage direct current (HVDC) systems and allows them to focus on the wind development," he said.

Using a common delivery point for multiple wind farms will lower the cost of the offshore wind power, he said.

Anbaric said that the project will use technology proven in Europe and target specific injection points in Massachusetts.

Krapels is one of the principals behind the development of the Neptune Regional Transmission System, a 660-MW submarine connection between New Jersey and Long Island, and the Hudson Transmission System, a 660-MW line under construction beneath the Hudson River between New Jersey and Manhattan.

--Lisa Wood,

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