Fugro Geoconsulting has been awarded a contract for one of the largest seabed investigation campaigns in the history of the offshore wind industry by Dong Energy.
Worth £13M, the contract covers geotechnical investigation work in preparation for Hornsea Project One, scheduled to go into operation by 2020 when it is set to become the world’s first gigawatt scale, far from shore, wind farm. The park is located 120km off the Yorkshire coast and, when completed, will be able to meet the electricity needs of around 800,000 UK homes.
Daniel Deen, senior project manager at Fugro Geoconsulting, said: “We are very pleased to bring our skilled team and specialist resources to this significant renewable energy project.
“Our geotechnical vessels will undertake seabed cone penetration testing and borehole drilling as part of the detailed site investigation. Subsequent soil testing at our laboratory facilities will also support development of the project infrastructure at this site.”
Fugro plans to use two of the largest geotechnical vessels available on the market – MV Greatship Manisha and MV Bucentaur – to undertake the investigation work which will begin this month.