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Fugro to complete Dutch wind farm GI

Fugro is set to return to a site characterisation programme at the Hollandse Kust (noord) Wind Farm in the Dutch sector of the North Sea.

Carried out under a further contract for the Netherlands Enterprise Agency, Fugro will undertake geotechnical works comprising of seabed investigations and borehole drilling at two lots. As well as standard and advanced laboratory testing and an integrated geological/geotechnical soil model to be used by future developers to prepare their bids.

The work will take place over the next two months and Fugro will use its geotechnical drilling vessel, Fugro Synergy, and a team of geophysical, geological and geotechnical experts on site.

Fugro’s project director Sven Plasman said: “Our geotechnical innovations will ensure that we deliver data of the highest quality and obtain it in a safe manner.

“From Fugro Synergy we’ll operate the Fugro Seadevil, an offshore geotechnical tool that optimises vertical control during drilling and enables our team to acquire high quality samples. The seabed cone penetration testing (CPT) will be carried out using our Seacalf MkIV system; its coiled rod requires no manual handling, ensuring safer operations, while the continuous drive system yields high quality data. Both of these innovative systems are fundamental to reducing operational costs and are integral elements of Fugro’s specialised support for the offshore wind industry.”

With a total capacity of 700 MW, the Hollandse Kust (noord) Wind Farm Zone is located ten nautical miles off the west coast of the Netherlands.

In 2016 Fugro completed work on preliminary site investigations for the Hollandse Kust (zuid) Wind Farm Zone including geophysical surveys to map the seabed characteristics and sub-surface soil conditions.

Late last year Fugro completed the geophysical survey of the area to map the position of existing cables and pipelines, as well as the possible presence of other obstacles.

RVO.nl project manager Frank van Erp, describing how the Netherlands Enterprise Agency is expected to set a new benchmark in providing high quality site surveys and investigations said: “Our aim is to use the latest techniques to ensure the package of site studies we deliver for developers preparing bids is the best it can be, so they can fully optimise wind farm designs. We are confident Fugro’s state-of-the-art techniques will play a key role in this.”

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