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Cape Wind meets with RI Gov. Chafee on port

Associated Press Modified: November 9, 2012 at 3:30 pm •  Published: November 9, 2012
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He said they are still optimistic the New Bedford terminal will be finished in time to do work there and that they have known all along Quonset could be used for the work if New Bedford wasn't ready. The primary downside to using Quonset is that it's further away than New Bedford, Rodgers said.

New Bedford Mayor Jon Mitchell said Cape Wind had expressed concerns to the city about the timetable, but said the state is insistent the terminal will be completed in time for all of the work to be done in New Bedford.

"The city of New Bedford is doing everything we can to support the state's efforts," he said.

He said as of now, the terminal is scheduled to be completed by mid-2014.

The terminal was originally estimated to cost $35 million to build, but The Standard-Times newspaper of New Bedford reported on Friday that the state's secretary of energy and environmental affairs said it could now cost as much as $100 million.

A spokeswoman for the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center, the quasi-public agency that is building the project, did not immediately return a phone message seeking comment. David Preston, a spokesman for the Quonset Development Corp., would not comment.

Construction on Cape Wind is scheduled to start next year, although they will begin with work that does not require a port terminal, such as cable work on land, Rodgers said.

Rodgers and Washburn said there's a misguided tendency to think of it as a competition between different states and ports to get businesses. Rather, they said, it should be seen as the development across the region of a new infrastructure to support a growing wind industry, including Cape Wind, Deepwater Wind in Rhode Island and other proposed projects.

"One port isn't going to be able to do it all," Washburn said. "That's what we're hoping for here."

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Associated Press writer Erika Niedowski contributed to this report.

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