Fugro will study the site of Norway’s first large-scale offshore wind farm

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Fugro has been awarded a marine site characterization contract by the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) for the Sørlige Nordsjø II project, which is expected to become the first large-scale offshore wind farm in Norway.

The scope of work will include seafloor and sub-seabed mapping to broaden the understanding of the geological features of the site and support future phases of project development.

Fugro will mobilize its hydrographic vessel Fugro Venturer for the project. A total area of ​​900 km2 will be surveyed along the east side of the site, with over 5,400 km of geophysical data to be acquired.

To better understand seabed conditions, the company will use a suite of hydrographic survey and acoustic sensor technologies, including full bathymetry and sidescan sonar, ultra-high resolution seismic survey (UHRS), underwater profiler -background and a magnetometer.

In addition, water column data from the multibeam bathymetry system will also be recorded.

“Awarding this project highlights our ability to provide services to the evolving Norwegian energy market,” said Robert Abelsenresponsible for Fugro’s service line for Norway.

“We have already provided services to the smaller Norwegian floating wind test sites. With our global experience in utility scale wind development areas, we look forward to supporting the growing Norwegian offshore wind market.

Sørlige Nordsjø II (Southern North Sea II) covers 2,591 km2 and borders the Danish sector of the North Sea.

The development of the project will be divided into two phases of 1.5 GW each.

The auction for the first 1.5 GW of capacity should take place this year. The Ministry of Petroleum and Energy is currently developing an auction model that will allow this first phase to be carried out.

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