Fugro has started a marine site characterisation programme at Iberdrola’s Baltic Eagle offshore wind farm, in German waters of the Baltic Sea.
Under the €10M (£8.92M) contract, Fugro will undertake a UXO survey to clear the investigation sites, followed by a geotechnical seabed investigation and borehole drilling. The workscope also includes a programme of standard and advanced laboratory testing.
The fieldwork will be completed in February 2019 from Fugro vessels including the geophysical vessel Fugro Pioneer and geotechnical drilling vessel Fugro Scout. The firm will also deploy the Geobor-S piggy back drilling system, and its team of geophysical, geological and geotechnical staff.
“Our drilling set-up ensures that we deliver data of the highest quality to Iberdrola and obtain it in a safe manner,” said Fugro’s project manager Erik Vogt. “Starting with the Fugro Pioneer we’ll clear the sites of any UXO risks efficiently and assure timely commencement of the geotechnical operations.”
Iberdrola’s Baltic Eagle offshore civil engineer Kevin O’Reilly added “We have been working intensively with Fugro in recent weeks to prepare for the commencement of the geotechnical campaign, which is crucial to the success of the project.”
The data will inform the design of the foundations for the wind turbines and offshore substation, which will be installed in water depths of up to 45m.
With a total capacity of up to 476MW and spanning an area of 35km², the Baltic Eagle wind farm is located 30km off the coast of the German island of Rügen.