Cape Wind has announced it has signed a contract with a joint-venture company to build the proposed Nantucket Sound wind farm, supplanting an announcement two years ago that the offshore wind energy developer had selected three other companies for the job.
The company — Weeks/Manson, a Joint Venture — will use skilled workers from the Boston and New England Maritime Trades Council, AFL-CIO, and a jack-up barge built by New Jersey-based Weeks Marine specifically to install offshore wind turbines, according to a statement released Tuesday by Cape Wind.
The companies replace the joint venture team of Flatiron Construction Corp., Cal Dive International Inc. and Cashman Equipment Corp., which Cape Wind officials said in 2012 would build the 130-turbine project.
“The other announcement was a selection but it was not a contract announcement,” Cape Wind spokesman Mark Rodgers said. “Ultimately we didn’t arrive at a contract that worked for all parties. What we’re announcing today is the execution of a contract.”
Representatives from Flatiron, Cal Dive and Cashman did not return telephone messages seeking comment on Tuesday’s announcement.
Audra Parker, president of Cape Wind’s primary opponent group, the Alliance to Protect Nantucket Sound, said the Cape Wind project has shown a pattern of indecision with changes in the projected cost, the construction companies and the port the company will use.
“It’s a history of broken promises,” Parker said. “These so-called vendors or partners or contractors should look closely at their track record.”
In addition, Cape Wind does not have all of the necessary financing to construct the project, she said.
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