dws-fugro-orsted-wind-us-explorer-770pxDutch geo-consultancy firm Fugro has been awarded by Danish offshore wind developer Orsted – formely Dong Energy – to undertake geotechnical investigations at the sites for two new big wind parks of the New England coast, USA. Site investigations are due to commence at the end of November and are expected to continue for three months.

Geotechnical drillship
Orsted is pursuing the development of Bay State Wind, located 15 miles off the coast of Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts and Ocean Wind, 10 miles off the New Jersey coast – to bring wind energy to American consumers and businesses.

The marine site characterisation at both sites involves highly specialised sampling and in situ testing which Fugro will perform from its dedicated DP2 geotechnical drillship, Fugro Explorer (on top photo).

dws-fugro-orsted-us-wind-mill-350pxConstruction of an offshore wind mill by Orsted, former Dong Energy.

Laboratory testing
For laboratory testing and reporting services Fugro will draw on its expertise from Norfolk, VA and Houston, TX in the USA as well as Wallingford (UK) and Nootdorp (Netherlands), with the objective of providing fully integrated deliverables.

Prior to the contract awards Fugro carried out geoconsulting desktop studies and geotechnical ground truthing for Ørsted.

Growing US wind energy activities
Ed Saade, President of Fugro USA stated that the two contracts provide an opportunity to expand on the successful relationship Fugro has with Orsted in Europe. “We strongly support the growing offshore wind development activity here in the USA.”

Saade added: “It fits directly with our overall strategy for coastal zone management activity and coordination between industry, government and academia.”

This news item was originally published on the website of Fugro.

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