The Brayton Point power station in Somerset, Massachusetts was once the largest fossil-fuel power plant in New England.
The Brayton Point power station in Somerset, Massachusetts was once the largest fossil-fuel power plant in New England.

The Brayton Point power station in Somerset, Massachusetts was once the largest fossil-fuel power plant in New England. After 54 years, the power plant closed in 2017. Now, equipment and machinery from this historic power station will be sold in a three-day auction.

The plant began operating in the 1960s and has since generated 1,600 MW each year, supplying power to approximately 1.5 million homes and fuelling Somerset’s schools and services. Currently, coal constitutes only 2% of New England’s energy mix and now that Brayton Point has closed its doors, the remaining two coal plants in the city are expected to follow suit.

Commercial Development Company Inc. (CDC) purchased the plant in early 2018 and is currently engaged in a redevelopment plan that will reposition the 307-acre waterfront site for new sustainable development opportunities. The auction is the next phase of the plant’s decommissioning and interested parties can view the assets available in the auction and bid online on . The auction will take place both onsite and online from 18 – 20 September.

There will be more than 2,000 lots of surplus equipment and machinery including air compressors, cooling tower components, electric motors, transformers, plant support equipment, pumps, rolling stock, stainless steel tanks, switch gear, turbine generators, valves, and more.

The event will be managed by Industrial Asset Recovery Group (IARG), an affiliate of CDC which specialises in industrial liquidation. With more than 30 years of experience in the field, IARG manages the liquidation process of surplus equipment, machinery and other industrial assets created by CDC’s redevelopment projects.

To enable online bidding, IARG will be hosting the sale on AUCTO.COM, an industrial bidding platform. The live auction will be broadcast to online bidders using Aucto’s Live Bidding technology, where bidders can view a live audio/video stream of the auction and bid online. Beginning on Tuesday, 18 September, the auction will span three days, with the sale starting each day at 10:00 AM (EST). All interested buyers are requested to register on to participate in the auction.

The equipment sale schedule is setup as follows:

  • Day one: spare parts & MRO, tool crib, pump, motors, valves
  • Day two: pickup trucks, heavy equipment, electrical & substations, production equipment
  • Day three: installed equipment, pumps, valves, motors