Fugro appointed by Five Estuaries for offshore studies

4C Offshore | Tom Russell
By: 28/07/2021 RWE
Five Estuaries Offshore Wind Farm, the extension project of existing Galloper Wind Farm, have placed a multi-million pound contract with Geo-data specialist Fugro in the UK. This is the first RWE led offshore geophysical exploratory works that Five Estuaries has placed. Works are expected to take place in the Southern North Sea from August to November 2021.
Three dedicated vessels will map the characteristics of the seabed and bedrock to assess the conditions around the wind farm site and the potential cable locations. The seafloor and geophysical information that result from the geophysical surveys will help inform the  project design and consenting activities.  The data will provide information about the seafloor, habitat, local geological and benthic ecological conditions. 
Fugro have also been commissioned to carry out offshore site investigation and Geophysical works for other RWE projects including
Dublin Array, Ireland and North Falls which is a 50:50 partnership project with SSE, in the southern North Sea. This follows a working relationship in the investigations for Sofia and Awel y Môr offshore wind farms and a competitive tendering process.
Five Estuaries Project Manager, Umair Patel said: “Fugro offered the most competitive proposal, programme and  have demonstrated technical competence in previous projects.
“The offshore surveys are a very important aspect of the project’s development and the data collected from these surveys will inform the Environmental Impact Assessment process and also help in the engineering design of the wind farm and with that in mind, we recently held our second Commercial Fisheries Working Group.  The Southern North Sea is a busy area and our aim is to coexist peacefully with other sea users while we undertake the surveys and development work.”

Laura Hughes, Fugro’s Country Director UK, said "We're delighted to continue our successful relationship with RWE, providing critical early insights in support of the design of the Five Estuaries Offshore Wind Farm. Our clients appreciate our reliability in the acquisition and delivery of high-quality, large-volume Geo-data, and we look forward to delivering this again for another significant energy transition project."

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