Orbital Energy Group launches Eclipse Foundation Group

Source: press release, 12 January 2021

Eclipse Foundation Group uses its specialised low overhead drilling equipment to perform all construction and refurbishment projects
Eclipse Foundation Group uses its specialised low overhead drilling equipment to perform all construction and refurbishment projects (photo: Orbital Energy Group)

Orbital Energy Group, Inc. has announced the launch of a new subsidiary, Eclipse Foundation Group, a drilled shaft foundation construction company that specialises in providing services to the electric transmission and substation, industrial, communication towers and disaster restoration market sectors, with expertise in water, marsh and rock terrains.

Headquartered in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, the Eclipse team is renowned for its expertise in successfully executing projects in difficult environments, such as water, marsh, or rock terrains. Eclipse utilises amphibious equipment and vibratory caissons to construct up to 16-foot diameter shafts at depths greater than 80 feet in marshland and deeper waters, as well as working from barges, and also has the expertise and equipment to successfully drill through hard rock and granite. Eclipse’s services include:

  • Furnishing and installing rebar cages and anchor bolt cages.
  • Driving caissons.
  • Setting structures with its fleet of specialised hydraulic cranes.

Jim O’Neil, Orbital Energy Group’s vice-chairman and CEO, says, “There is a growing need for experienced foundation drilling contractors to help upgrade and expand the energy and telecommunication infrastructure across the Southern US. Eclipse’s management boasts 30 years of industry experience, with an excellent working record and a highly qualified staff. Eclipse has significant experience drilling projects in extremely difficult terrain, which differentiates their capabilities from others in the industry. The Eclipse team has established relationships with engineers and utility owners that share a common goal, completing vital energy projects safely and on time and budget.”

Eclipse is led by president Michael Cutrone, a recognised leader in drilled shaft foundations, and who has nearly 30 years of experience in the operation and management of companies serving electric power, telecommunications, and industrial customers.

“Eclipse prioritises safety, quality and client service to provide ongoing maintenance to aging power lines and constructing new projects as the grid is reconfigured to serve new power sources, such as renewables and expanded to serve the growth of metropolitan areas in the Southern US,” says Eclipse president Michael Cutrone. “Additionally, the southern states are vulnerable to severe storms, such as hurricanes, and utility customers are focused on hardening their electric power systems to maximise the reliability of power delivery to their customers. Eclipse partners with EPC companies to provide drilled shaft foundation solutions in an environment where our services are in high demand.”

“The addition of Eclipse to our OEG platform, including, Powerline Services, Foundation Services, Solar Services, Gas Systems and Renewable Gas Solutions, enhances our overall service offerings while serving as a valuable asset to many of our other companies where synergies exist,” says Nicholas Clough, OEG operations director. “Mike Cutrone’s stellar industry reputation precedes him. We are proud to welcome him to our team and thrilled that OEG has put itself in position to attract talent on the highest level to represent our company and serve our customers.”