Fugro bags geotechnical surveys for Dutch offshore wind zones

Fugro has been awarded two geotechnical investigation contracts for the development of the Dutch offshore wind zones IJmuiden Ver Site V-VI, Nederwiek (zuid) Site I, and Hollandse Kust (west) Site VIII.

This is the biggest campaign the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO) has ever run. It is also a component of the Dutch government’s rapid development in accordance with the Offshore Wind Energy Roadmap 2030. When all of the wind farms are built, they will have a combined installed capacity of roughly 4.7 GW.

The extensive Geo-data will also be available for power cable design, archaeology, and marine biological investigations. Wind farm developers will use it as input for early engineering design studies and future tenders.

The surveys will be carried out by specialized geotechnical vessels from the Fugro fleet beginning in March 2023 and continuing through the fourth quarter of that year. Additional processing, laboratory testing, and reporting of the data will take place far into 2024.

The fieldwork will involve investigations of the seabed and subsurface carried out utilizing cutting-edge technologies, such as WISON Mk V Ecodrive and Fugro’s SEACALF Mk V DeepDrive system for seabed cone penetration testing. The data distribution technology from Fugro will offer clients safe and convenient access. Results will be processed more quickly due to the vessels’ increased laboratory capacity. Fugro’s freshly expanded labs in the UK and Belgium will conduct further in-depth laboratory testing.

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