WALLINGFORD, UK — Fugro has begun geotechnical site investigations at RWE’s Thor offshore wind farm development.
The collected geo-data will be used to inform the design, fabrication and installation of the main wind farm components including turbine foundation, inter-array and export cables. With a planned capacity of 1,000 MW, Thor will be Denmark’s largest offshore wind farm to date, producing enough green electricity to supply the equivalent of more than 1 million Danish households.
Fugro will be mobilizing multiple vessels from its fleet, including Fugro Scout, which has begun investigations at the wind turbine locations, about 22 km from Thorsminde.
Vessels will be equipped with Fugro’s SEACALF Mk V DeepDrive system for seabed cone penetration tests (CPTs) and Fugro’s Blue Snake geotechnical system, which integrates CPT and sampling technology to enable safe, efficient and high-quality data acquisition along the wind farm cable routes.
The Geo-data will be used to understand soil behavior under the various turbine loading areas as well as inform the design, installation and protection of the inter-array cables and the main export cable that connects the offshore substation with the onshore grid. All work will be managed through Fugro’s cloud-based Geo-data engagement platform. With the ability to provide near real-time deliverables to RWE and the project team, the platform increases collaboration, facilitates faster decision-making and accelerates timelines on critical milestones.
“We are looking forward to using the data collected by Fugro to start the design works for the main components of our Thor Offshore Wind Farm," said Günther Fenle, Thor's project director with RWE Renewables. "With Thor, we have two projects off the Danish coast, and this means that RWE is making a major contribution to Denmark's energy transition."