The subcontractor that will perform the onshore cable installation for the South Fork Wind farm plans to use an approximately one-acre area at the end of an abandoned East Hampton Airport runway, adjacent to Industrial Road in Wainscott, as a laydown area.
Elecnor Hawkeye of Hauppauge, which will install the cable, will use the area for parking, office space, generators, portable sanitation, the storage of materials, equipment, and cable reels, and to receive deliveries, according to an amendment to the environmental management and construction plan approved by the New York State Public Service Commission. (Construction of the underground infrastructure the cable will be installed in is being performed by Haugland Group.)
The property will be used to offload and store cable reels and to store heavy equipment, work trucks, various containers, small tools, and gravel and miscellaneous materials. Generators, garbage containers, portable bathrooms, and field office trailers will be placed there, and there will be room for employee parking.
Use of the laydown area for equipment and material staging is consistent with existing and historical uses, according to the wind farm's developers, Orsted U.S. Offshore Wind and Eversource Energy, and will have no significant adverse environmental impacts. No soil stockpiling or dewatering storage or treatment will occur at the site.