Geotechnical site investigations have started at RWE’s Thor offshore wind farm project by Fugro.
The main wind farm components, such as the foundations for the turbines and the inter-array and export cables, will be designed, manufactured, and installed using the geodata that has been collected. Thor will be Denmark’s largest offshore wind farm to date with a planned capacity of 1,000 megawatts (MW), producing enough clean energy to power the equivalent of more than a million Danish homes.
The Fugro Scout, which has already started its investigations at the wind turbine locations, about 22 kilometers from Thorsminde, will be one of the many vessels from its sector-leading fleet that Fugro will mobilize. In order to conduct safe, effective, and high-quality data acquisition along the wind farm cable routes, vessels will be outfitted with Fugro’s SEACALF Mk V DeepDrive system for seabed cone penetration tests (CPTs) and Fugro’s Blue Snake geotechnical system, which combines CPT and sampling technology.
In addition to guiding the design, installation, and protection of the inter-array cables and the main export cable that connects the offshore substation with the onshore grid, the geodata will be used to comprehend the behavior of the soil beneath the various turbine loading areas.
The cloud-based Geo-data engagement platform of Fugro will be used to manage all work. By enabling RWE and the project team to receive deliverables in close to real time, the platform fosters faster decision-making, fosters increased collaboration, and shortens turnaround times for important milestones.
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