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Community Offshore Wind launches offshore survey in New York Bight

4C Offshore | Tom Russell
By: Tom Russell 11/01/2023 Community Offshore Wind

Community Offshore Wind, a joint venture between RWE Renewables and National Grid, launched its geophysical survey campaign to study seabed conditions within the project lease area and potential export cable corridors in the New York Bight. The data collected will help inform safe and responsible project design and engineering, identifying potential geohazards and obstructions, as well as benthic habitats and archaeological resources.

The survey work, managed by Fugro, kicks off this week and will continue through summer 2023 with two vessels.

Community Offshore Wind stated it is working with area fisheries to prevent the disruption of commercial and recreational fishing over the course of the survey’s duration. Local commercial fishermen will be onboard the survey vessels to manage communication and coordinate with fishing fleets. Prior to the start of the survey, one of Community Offshore Wind’s fisheries representatives, a commercial fisherman from Barnegat Light, NJ, scouted the area for fishing gear and other potential obstructions.

“The start of the site survey is an important milestone for the project,”
said Doug Perkins, President and Project Director, Community Offshore Wind. “The technical data collected will help us develop a more responsible and cost-effective project design. Our success relies on communication, safety and collaboration with other parties out on the water.”

Community Offshore Wind secured lease area OCS-A 0539 in BOEM’s February 2022 auction for seabed leases in New York Bight. The partners claim the awarded seabed has the potential to host 3 GW of capacity, expected to be enough to power 1.1 million homes. The project is slated to be in operation towards the end of the decade.

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