NORFOLK, Virginia – Fugro has mobilized two more vessels off the coast of New Jersey to support its ongoing site characterization work for Atlantic Shores Offshore Wind, a joint venture between Shell New Energies US LLC and EDF Renewables North America.
Operating in the Atlantic Shores lease area since May, the company now has three vessels on site with a fourth to be added later this month.
The project involves collection of high resolution geophysical, benthic and shallow geotechnical data within the lease area and along two proposed export cable routes. These data will be processed and analyzed to characterize site conditions, including bathymetry, seafloor morphology, subsurface geology, environmental and biological sites, seafloor obstructions, soil conditions and archaeological resources.
Atlantic Shores will use this information to safely design, permit and install future wind farm facilities, which could generate up to 2,500 MW of renewable energy for residents along the mid-Atlantic.
Weather permitting, the field program will continue through the autumn and winter. To provide deliverables to Atlantic Shores as efficiently as possible, the company is performing near-real-time geophysical data processing, made possible by its Back2BaseTM data packaging and transfer technology.