Concrete Pyramids

An additional educational component has been added to the Quintana Beach County Park's Education Center. Freeport LNG and Zachry, an EPC contractor JV partner, pitched in to help move and place a large artificial reef unit to a pad just outside the Education Center. These structures are designed to create man-made offshore reefs. Visitors will be able to experience the eight-foot tall ten-foot based objects up close. They are part of a growing endeavor to provide habitat for Gulf Coast marine life and create increased recreational fishing opportunities. “This will be the largest deployment of reef material in near-shore waters off Texas in the history of the Texas Artificial Reef Program,” said Dale Shively, director of the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department’s artificial reef program. “The project calls for 2,400 concrete pyramids to be reefed."


The Freeport Artificial Reef Project deployment will increase the amount of reef material in a currently permitted site, the George Vancouver (Liberty Ship) Artificial Reef, located about six miles offshore from Freeport. The project will place the concrete pyramids in the 160-acre permitted area onto a sandy substrate at a water depth of 55 feet. This artificial reef, and a similar one off Matagorda, are among five Texas-based projects approved in 2014 to compensate Texas for lost use of natural resources resulting from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.