The Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO) has selected Fugro to perform 3 geotechnical investigations for the offshore wind farm zone IJmuiden Ver. With 4 GW, the resulting wind farm will be the largest to be developed in the Dutch part of the North Sea.
The investigations for the 429 km2 IJmuiden Ver zone is the largest geotechnical offshore campaign for RVO to date. The contracts include seabed investigation, an extensive laboratory testing programme, and development of an integrated ground model. The results will be used for future developers’ tender submissions for the zone.
Peter-Paul Lebbink, RVO’s project manager, said: “We are looking forward to working with Fugro to execute our largest geotechnical offshore campaign for RVO. All available soil measurement results will be integrated by Fugro into an advanced integrated 3D ground model adhering to the industry’s highest possible standards. This 3D ground model will form a solid basis for detailed engineering and will therefore derisk the construction of the future IJmuiden Ver wind farms.”
The fieldwork will run from February to August 2021 and will be performed from Fugro’s DP2 geotechnical vessels. This work comprises seabed cone penetration tests (CPTs), thermal conductivity tests, vibrocores and boreholes, Fugro will use several proprietary technologies, including the SEACALF® Mk V Deepdrive coiled CPT system, for maximum penetration depth and data over the full foundation depth, and the WISON® Mk V Ecodrive downhole CPT and sampling tool for more robust Geo-data using environmentally friendly hydraulics.
It is not the first Dutch geotechnical site investigation contract awarded to Fugro this year. In August this year, Fugro was also awarded the geotechnical investigations for the Hollandse Kust (noord) wind farm zone. In January, the company won the contract for the Ten Noorden van de Waddeneilanden offshore wind farm zone.
The wind farm zone is located approximately 62 km off the Dutch west coast. There are 4 deisgnated sites – IJmuiden Ver I, II, III, and IV.
In the first tender, offshore wind farm developers will be able to apply for a permit to develop I and II. This is scheduled to open in 2023. The application period to develop III and IV is scheduled to open in 2025.