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CT - Deadline passes, Connecticut Port Authority remains confident in State Pier project

New London — The Connecticut Port Authority has failed to meet an Aug. 31 deadline to obtain a federal permit for work on the $235.5 million State Pier construction project but appears confident its offshore wind partners will not decide to pull funding.

New London — The Connecticut Port Authority has failed to meet an Aug. 31 deadline to obtain a federal permit for work on the $235.5 million State Pier construction project but appears confident its offshore wind partners will not decide to pull funding.

The Aug. 31 deadline is contained in an amendment added earlier this year to a Harbor Development Agreement between the port authority, state and joint venture partners Ørsted and Eversource.

The amendment allowed for the release of more than $50 million from Ørsted/ Eversource to enable the port authority to continue to approve contracts associated with the ongoing permitted work at State Pier. The partners have committed $70 million toward the project.

The new terms allow Ørsted and Eversource the opportunity to pull a significant portion of that promised funding, which in turn would force the CPA to rethink the scale of the project. There has been no indication either side is thinking about a scaled-back project.

Ørsted and Eversource, in a statement, said they plan to meet with representatives from the state and CPA to discuss plans moving forward.

“We expect that the final Army Corps permit will be issued soon and we will come together with the State to assess schedule impact — if any,” the statement reads.

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