LEIDSCHENDAM, the Netherlands – The Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO) has awarded Fugro two geotechnical investigation contracts for the Nederwiek wind farm sites II & III (noord) in the North Sea.
Combined capacity of the two planned projects will be about 4 GW.
Fugro’s investigations, due to start next February, will cover a 600-sq-km area, and it will involve compiling seabed and subsurface geodata for use in preliminary engineering design studies and future tenders, and for power cable design, archaeology and marine biology studies.
The company will deploy geotechnical vessels for seabed testing and downhole drilling equipped with its SEACALF Mk V Deepdrive system for seabed cone penetration testing and WISON Mk V Ecodrive for downhole sampling and cone penetration testing.
Onboard laboratory capacity will be increased to speed up processing of results, to be followed by further testing at the company’s laboratories in the UK and Belgium.
Collected data will be managed through the company’s VirGeo cloud-based geodata engagement platform, providing near-real-time results to RVO and its consulting engineers. Further phases of processing, laboratory testing, data analysis and reporting will continue into 2025.