The Energy Island will serve as an offshore power plant distributing up to 10 GW of offshore wind to Denmark and other neighboring markets.
Fugro will perform a combination of geophysical, geotechnical services, and laboratory testing to provide insight into the ground engineering challenges along the cable route from the Danish landfalls to the future artificial island location.
The company’s survey vessels will mobilize to the site in March 2022 to begin the geophysical and geotechnical surveys. This will include ROV inspections and shallow geotechnical investigations using the company’s Blue Snake geotechnical system.
The Blue Snake integrates cone penetration testing (CPT) and sampling technology to enable data to be captured in one pass with testing completed consecutively at fixed distances along the cable route. The system integrates a vibrocorer and 10-ton CPT into a single frame with a customized launch and recovery system. This minimizes manual handling and improves workability in difficult weather conditions. According to the company, this technology optimizes data correlation, improving design and engineering for future cable installation works.
This Energy Island contract follows two geotechnical site investigation contracts as well as a marine site characterization contract awarded to Fugro last year. Fugro is also supporting Energinet with wind-resource mapping after installing and operating wind lidar buoys in both the Baltic Sea and North Sea.