Fugro explores seabed around Curaçao for floating offshore wind opportunities

Fugro has been commissioned by the government of Curaçao to carry out a geophysical survey of the seabed in the waters around Curaçao as part of an exploration of wind power generation opportunities.

Fugro starts the survey today and is deploying its vessel M.V. Fugro Brasilis for this purpose. The survey will run until 29 July this year.

The purpose of the survey to be carried out by Fugro is to collect preliminary data needed to identify and delineate which areas are most suitable from a geophysical perspective for possible consideration as sites for the construction of soil-anchored floating platforms for wind turbines.

The survey will be carried out using, among other things, deep-water sensors to provide three-dimensional images of the seabed. The research area is limited to the boundaries of Curaçao’s Exclusive Economic Zone with the borders of Venezuela, Aruba and Bonaire.

Green hydrogen from wind

The research is crucial to the government’s efforts to use renewable energy from wind to produce, among other things, green hydrogen. The production of green hydrogen using renewable energy from wind serves as a catalyst for Curaçao’s rapid transition to 100% renewable energy sources, while at the same time creating significant export potential for green hydrogen, synthetic fuels and supporting clean energy-intensive industries. To this end, the government concluded an MOU with Dutch Minister Jetten for Climate and Energy in May this year.

The ambition to become a regional leader in green hydrogen production using wind energy stems from a study conducted by TNO, the Dutch independent organisation for applied scientific research. The initial study shows that Curaçao has a unique opportunity for maximum efficiency in wind energy generation due to its geographical location and weather conditions. It forms the starting point for a process that is still in the initial phase of exploring the possibilities and looking at the feasibility and desirability of the options. The study to be conducted by Fugro is part of this.

The development and preparation of this megaproject, and in particular the exploration of the placement options for the wind turbines, is being carried out by a working group consisting of four ministries (General Affairs, Economic Development, Health, Nature & Environment, and Traffic, Transport and Spatial Planning) as well as four governmental NVs, namely Curoil, Refineria di Korsou, Aqualectra and Curaçao Port Authority. This working group is accountable to an administrative steering committee comprising the four ministers of the aforementioned ministries. Source: Gobiernu.cw Image: © Fugro

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