The Equinor-BP joint venture (JV) developing New York’s Empire Wind 1&2 offshore wind projects made its latest key supply chain investment by awarding the job of laying-in scour protection for the giant 2GW project’s foundations and export lines, an assignment that will see deployment of the country’s first-ever Jones Act-compliant rock-dumping vessel.

The contract won by US-based Great Lakes Dredging and Dutch marine contactor Van Oord encompasses installation of rock protection to stabilise the wind farm's monopile foundations, electrical substructures, and export cables.