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Massachusetts company proposes 2,000-MW offshore transmission project

Anbaric Transmission has taken the first step toward building NewEngland's first offshore transmission truck line, designed to accommodate2,000 MW of offshore wind energy, the company said Monday.

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The Massachusetts-based company, which is behind the construction of twoother 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 isdesigned to serve developers who responded to a request for interest from theDepartment of Interior's Bureau of Ocean Energy Management for offshore windproposals. The federal agency received responses from ten developers whoproposed 8,000 MW of offshore wind.

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

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

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

Anbaric said that the project will use technology proven in Europe andtarget 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, newsdesk@platts.com