Fugro has been appointed by the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (NEA) to undertake a marine site characterisation in the Hollandse Kust (west) Wind Farm Zone.
The scheme is believed to be the largest geotechnical site characterisation programme ever tendered by NEA.
The project, which comprises seabed investigation and borehole drilling, is expected to start in April and will be completed in September. Fugro will also deliver standard and advanced laboratory testing and an integrated geological/geotechnical soil model which will be used by future developers of the wind farm to prepare their bids.
Fugro will use the Fugro Scout vessel for the project, as well as the Seacalf MkIV for seabed cone penetration testing. Fugro has said that the Seacalf will enhance operational safety as its coiled rod requires no manual handling and is much less weather sensitive than conventional systems, increasing productivity by avoiding downtime.
“For these large offshore projects, the availability of efficient systems and having access to the right resources is crucial; being able to mobilise three dedicated geotechnical vessels for this project has been a major part of the success of this tender,” said Fugro project director Sven Plasman.
NEA project manager Ruud de Bruijne added: “It’s very important that the Netherlands Enterprise Agency prepares the best possible package of site studies for future developers of this offshore wind farm. We are confident that Fugro can enable us to do this, delivering high quality geodata for the offshore wind energy permit tender.”
With a total capacity of 1,400MW, the Hollandse Kust (west) Wind Farm Zone lies in the coastal waters of the province of Zuid-Holland, 51km off the west coast of the Netherlands.