Fugro is set to commence site characterisation work in West Cumbria under a £20M contract awarded by UK nuclear company Nugen.
The programme will provide information to support the design and layout, licensing, planning applications and other consents required to build a new nuclear power station at Moorside.
The onshore work will involve geological site investigations, consisting of more than 300 boreholes and laboratory analyses, 2D seismic surveys, topographical surveys and groundwater monitoring.
Fugro will also conduct marine geotechnical drilling of 30 boreholes, sampling and testing, including wireline geophysics, as well as marine bathymetric surveys; and 2D seismic and unexploded ordnance (UXO) surveys.
Ian Judge, Fugro’s project director, commented: “We are delighted to be expanding our relationship with Nugen with the award of this site characterisation contract. It is one of the largest UK investigation contracts to be awarded as a single package and it recognises Fugro’s standing as an independent service provider as well as our unique ability to deliver integrated data for major developments such as the Moorside project.”
When complete, the new generation facility will be capable of generating up to 3.6GW of energy – approximately 7% of the UK’s electricity requirements.
Esa Heiskanen, Nugen’s chief project officer and deputy CEO, said: “The start of the site characterisation work marks an important stage for Nugen and the Moorside project. The data we receive as a result of the work will be vital in developing the project.”
The onshore investigation is the first stage of the project, which continues until summer 2016. The majority of the offshore element is scheduled to begin in spring 2016.