Fugro has completed a large site characterization field programme off the coast of Massachusetts for Mayflower Wind, a joint venture between Shell New Energies and Ocean Winds-the global offshore wind collaboration of Engie and EDP Renewables.
The 6‑month programme involved comprehensive, high‑resolution Geo‑data acquisition within the project’s 520 km2 lease area and along the export cable routes.
These data will support permitting, design and installation of the proposed wind farm, which could generate up to 800 MW of renewable energy for over half a million homes.
Fugro’s work on the project began in April and comprised four vessels and one aircraft to acquire Geo-data about the site’s water depth, seafloor morphology, seabed and sub-seabed geohazards, historical and archaeological resources, benthic habitats, and soil properties.
Laboratory testing, data integration and analysis are now underway to support the project’s construction and operation plans.
“Fugro has been a real partner to us and we commend the company for their hard work and professionalism on the geophysical, geotechnical, lidar, and benthic campaigns for Mayflower in 2020. These data are important to both permitting and engineering efforts and will help keep this important project on track to generate low-cost, clean energy to the state of Massachusetts by the mid-2020s.”Mayflower Wind technical director Michiel Bekker.