Fugro to Probe Dutch Offshore

Laxman Pai
Thursday, January 16, 2020

The geo-data specialist Fugro has been awarded a geotechnical site investigation contract for the Ten noorden van de Waddeneilanden Wind Farm Zone (TNWWFZ).

The TNWWFZ, over 70km off the north coast of the Netherlands, has a total surface area of 120 square km and will accommodate 700MW of offshore wind capacity.

A press release from the provider of geo-intelligence and asset integrity solutions said that the deal follows on from a geotechnical contract Fugro secured for the Hollandse Kust (West) Offshore Wind Farm Zone.

The final deliverable for the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO.nl, part of the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy) will be a data package which can be used to prepare a detailed integrated geological and geotechnical soil model, on which wind farm developers will base future tenders.

The fieldwork will take place from February to May this year, and the project will comprise two phases: a shallow subsurface investigation completed in Phase 1, followed by a borehole drilling program, and standard and advanced laboratory testing, in Phase 2.

“This latest award for the Dutch wind farm industry underlines our commitment to support the offshore wind industry in the global energy transition and proves that technical innovation wins contracts. Our innovative and continuously upgraded seabed and downhole tools, such as the SEACALF Mk IV and WISON Mk V, now fully operational on our vessels, are a major asset,” said Sven Plasman, Project Director at Fugro.

Sven added: “Furthermore, this award from RVO.nl recognises the importance of Fugro’s initiatives to improve project sustainability by reducing the carbon footprint of our site investigations.”

Frank van Erp, RVO.nl’s project manager, said: “We aim for continuous improvement in site data for Dutch Wind Farm Zones to accelerate the development of Dutch offshore wind energy. With Fugro on our team, we look forward to achieving this goal.’’  

Categories: Technology Contracts Wind Power Geoscience Offshore Wind

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