The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) has awarded Fugro a marine site characterization contract for the Sørlige Nordsjø II offshore wind farm.
In order to better understand the site’s geological features and support upcoming project development phases, this will involve mapping the seabed and sub-seafloor. One of the first substantial offshore wind farms in the nation, the Sørlige Nordsjø II will be developed in two stages of 1500 MW each.
For the project, Fugro will deploy Fugro Venturer, its largest vessel. Along the site’s eastern edge, a total of 900 km2 will be surveyed, and Fugro anticipates collecting more than 5,400 km of geophysical data. Fugro will employ a variety of hydrographic surveying techniques and acoustic instruments, such as full bathymetry and side scan sonar, an ultra high resolution seismic (UHRS) survey, sub-bottom profiler, and magnetometer, to gather information about seabed conditions. The multibeam bathymetry system’s water column data will also be captured.
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