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Vineyard Wind Signs Lease For Staging Operations In New Bedford

Three wind turbines from the Deepwater Wind project off Block Island, Rhode Island, as seen in 2016 (Michael Dwyer/AP)MoreCloseclosemore
Three wind turbines from the Deepwater Wind project off Block Island, Rhode Island, as seen in 2016 (Michael Dwyer/AP)

Vineyard Wind, which is building an offshore wind farm off the coast of Martha's Vineyard, said Monday it has signed a lease for its staging operations to be based in New Bedford.

The company has committed to creating more than 3,600 jobs to build and support its wind farm.

The lease for the New Bedford Marine Commerce Terminal is for 18 months.

The terminal is operated by the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center, a state economic development agency.

“With this agreement," Gov. Charlie Baker said in a statement, "Massachusetts workers and the South Coast [will] help lead this new frontier for American energy and establish a hub for offshore wind development on the East Coast.”

In May, the state chose Vineyard Wind to build an 800-megawatt offshore wind farm.

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