Quarry grades rock to protect offshore wind turbine foundations
Sources: Carver Sand & Gravel LLC, New York; Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Company LLC, Oakbrook Terrace, Ill.; CMCM staff
Carver Sand & Gravel will supply Great Lakes Dredge & Dock with scour protection rock for turbine foundations and substations across the Empire Wind I and II wind farms, pegged for construction 15-30 miles south of Long Island. The two-quarry operator will deliver specially graded rock to Acadia, a vessel staged along the Hudson River and set to deliver its first Empire Wind load in 2025. Through production, stockpiling, transportation and loading facilities, Carver S&G and Great Lakes Dredge & Dock are poised to secure the first U.S. rock supply chain for offshore wind infrastructure.
“We have worked with Equinor and bp to develop this supply chain for the Empire Wind projects,” says Great Lakes Senior Vice President, U.S. Offshore Wind Eleni Beyko. “With safety and quality as our top priorities, we will be supporting the local communities by creating jobs and stimulating economic activity in the state of New York.”
“The subcontract between Great Lakes and Carver is a great example of how projects such as Equinor and bp’s Empire Wind continue to drive industry firsts with major investments in existing New York businesses and workers,” adds N.Y. State Energy Research & Development Authority President and CEO Doreen M. Harris.
Carver S&G officials underscore their company’s unmatched logistics services, superior products, and efforts to inspire a “diverse, well-rounded workforce and management team to always perform at the highest levels of safety and professionalism.”