LEIDSCHENDAM, the Netherlands — Fugro will perform two geotechnical investigation programs in the Dutch North Sea for the development of IJmuiden Ver Site V-VI, Nederwiek (zuid) Site I and Hollandse Kust (west) Site VII offshore wind zones.
This is the largest campaign of its type commissioned to date by the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO). The completed wind farms will have a total installed capacity of about 4.7 GW.
Wind farm developers will use the geo-data to support their preliminary engineering design studies and future tenders, with the data also made available for power cable design, archaeological and marine biology investigations.
Fugro’s geotechnical vessels from the Fugro fleet will start the surveys in March 2023 and continue into the fourth quarter, with further processing, laboratory testing (at Fugro laboratories in the UK and Belgium) and reporting of results extending into 2024.
The company will deploy its SEACALF Mk V DeepDrive system for seabed cone penetration tests and WISON Mk V Ecodrive data delivery platform.
Increased laboratory capacity onboard the vessels should speed up processing of results, the company added.