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Off shore survey for US wind farm to start

Offshore wind farm

A seafloor survey is about to start for a windfarm off New England, US.

US offshore windfarm developer Deepwater Wind is to begin a geophysical survey of the seabed for the South Fork Wind Farm and Revolution Wind projects located 24km south of the Rhode Island coast and 48km off Montauk, New York.

The survey will inform the specific location of turbines ready for the windfarm development.

According to Deepwater Wind, a full suite of high-tech survey technology will be used in the geotechnical and geophysical surveys, including sonar, magnetometers and tools to measure the depth and slope of the seafloor. Marine biologists will use monitoring systems and thermal imaging cameras to alert the team of any marine mammals in the area.

The survey will take around five months with 25 geotechnical specialists, engineers, biologists, archaeologists and mariners taking part.

Deepwater Wind CEO Jeffrey Grybowski said: “We’re embarking on this major scientific endeavour so we can better understand the seafloor where we’ll build these next windfarms. When we’re done, we’ll know more about this part of the ocean than ever before. Local labourers, mariners and scientists will help us get the job done.”

Construction work on the 90MW South Fork Wind Farm will begin in 2021, with the wind farm in operation in 2022.

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