Cape Wind taps construction contractor for first offshore wind unit

Cape Wind, the nation’s first offshore wind project to secure federal and state approval and to be issued a lease to operate by the federal government, said April 10 that it has selected a team of construction contractors to build the facility off the Nantucket Sound.

Cape Wind has selected the joint venture team of Flatiron Construction, Cal Dive International, (NYSE: DVR), and Cashman Equipment as its construction contractor.

“We are confident this is the right team with the best skills and capabilities to successfully build Cape Wind and create hundreds of jobs in the region,” Cape Wind President Jim Gordon said in a news release.

“Today’s announcement is a major milestone for Cape Wind and brings closer the day that we can put a lot of our local members to work constructing America’s first offshore wind energy facility while building a better energy future for our country,” said Gerard Dhooge, President of the Boston & New England Maritime Trades Council, AFL-CIO.

Cape Wind expects to begin construction in 2013. Cape Wind, which has taken years to gain government approvals, plans to build 130 wind turbines off the coast of New England and produce up to 420 MW of renewable energy.

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