The first batch of equipment for the Block Island Wind Farm towers will arrive by ship this week. The towers will be assembled at the Port of Providence.
The 95-foot tall tower sections will be off-loaded at a new temporary manufacturing facility set up by Deepwater Wind and General Electric. GE is a new player in the Block Island Wind Farm project. It recently acquired the offshore wind unit of Altstom, the French company that originally signed to supply the offshore wind turbines.
Over the next six months, GE will install equipment at the bottom of the towers. About 60 local workers will be a part of this assembly process.
The remaining sections will arrive in Rhode Island next year. Each turbine will be about 270-feet tall and weigh about 440 tons once they’re put together.
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