NORFOLK, Virginia — Community Offshore Wind, a joint venture between RWE Renewables and National Grid, has awarded Fugro an offshore survey contract to support site appraisal and concept design activities in the New York Bight.
Survey work will commence this year with the majority being executed in 2023, detailing geophysical and environmental conditions within the 510-sq-km lease area. Fugro says this accelerated project schedule will help Community Offshore Wind reduce the levelized cost of energy and realize the site’s offshore wind potential, which has an estimated capacity of 3 GW, enough to power 1.1 million US homes.
Operating from a local port, Fugro is dedicating two vessels to the project. Survey teams will utilize hull-mounted sensors to generate full-coverage surface and subsurface Geo-data over the lease area to a nominal depth of 15 m below the seafloor. While deeper subsurface Geo-data will still be required in targeted areas for foundation engineering, Fugro’s survey approach will enable Community Offshore Wind to commence a geotechnical program ahead of standard development schedules.
Survey Geo-data and consultancy services for the project will be delivered through Fugro’s regional center of expertise for offshore wind, located in Norfolk, Virginia.
This award was already partly included in Fugro’s 12-month backlog as per September 2022.