NORFOLK, Virginia – Fugro has completed a large site characterization field program offshore Massachusetts for Mayflower Wind, a joint venture between Shell New Energies and Ocean Winds (the offshore wind collaboration of Engie and EDP Renewables).
The six-month program involved comprehensive, high resolution geo-data acquisition within the project’s 520-sq km (201-sq mi) lease area and along the export cable routes. These data will support permitting, design, and installation of the proposed wind farm, which could generate up to 800 MW of renewable energy for more than 500,000 homes.
Fugro’s work on the project began in April and comprised four vessels and one aircraft to acquire geo-data about the site’s water depth, seafloor morphology, seabed and sub-seabed geohazards, historical and archaeological resources, benthic habitats, and soil properties.
All required survey, geotechnical, and environmental data were collected on time and without incident, the company said. Laboratory testing, data integration and analysis are under way to support the project’s construction and operation plans.