A three-month site investigation is to start on in Outer Firth of Tay and Firth of Forth for Inch Cape wind farm to the East of Scotland.
Off shore developer Red Rock Power has enlisted Horzion Geosciences to undertake the geophysical and geotechnical surveys 15km off the Angus coast
The project will see up to four vessels surveying the 150km² proposed site, where the work will take 110 days (excluding weather downtime) between July and October.
Surveys will also be carried out along the export cable corridor located within the Outer Firth of Tay and Firth of Forth, with works taking place off the North Berwick and Gullane coast in East Lothian.
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Inch Cape Offshore project manager Ian Johnson said: “The offshore site investigation is a key step forward for the ICOL project. It will help us further understand the local conditions and inform the design of the wind farm as it progresses.
Vessels will operate 24/7 to drill boreholes on the development site and to allow soil sampling, refuelling out of local ports including Dundee and Montrose. Local maritime and fishing communities across Angus, Fife and East Lothian have been and will continue to be consulted throughout the investigation period to help minimise any significant impacts on the industry.
Johnson added: “We expect the investigation to create minimal impact on the local fishing community, and are grateful for everyone’s cooperation. This time and investment now will put us in good stead to progress quickly with construction as soon as the necessary permissions are in place, and mitigate the risk of any potential delays during the next phase of the development.”
When complete the site will have turbines supported by fixed foundations and substructures and it is expected to enter construction in 2020.