Fugro ramps up site characterisation programme for Atlantic Shores

In: Windfarms
Fugro has mobilised two additional vessels off the coast of New Jersey to support its ongoing site characterisation work for Atlantic Shores Offshore Wind. Operating in the Atlantic Shores lease area since May, Fugro now has three vessels on site, with a fourth to be added later this month.

The project involves collection of high resolution geophysical, benthic and shallow geotechnical data within the lease area and along two proposed export cable routes. These data will be processed and analysed to characterise site conditions, including bathymetry, seafloor morphology, subsurface geology, environmental and biological sites, seafloor obstructions, soil conditions and archaeological resources. Atlantic Shores will use this information to design, permit and install future wind farm facilities, which could generate up to 2,500 MW of renewable energy for residents along the mid-Atlantic.

Weather permitting, the field programme will continue through the autumn and winter. Fugro is performing near-real-time geophysical data processing using its Fugro’s Back2BaseTM data packaging and transfer technology.

Ed Saade, Fugro’s Group Director for the Americas, said: “Not only is Atlantic Shores a sizeable project that highlights our ability to manage a comprehensive work scope in a single field season, but it also demonstrates our ability to evolve alongside our long-time client, Shell. Together, we are adapting decades of site characterisation experience developed through oil and gas projects worldwide to serve a new energy market in the US and a more sustainable future.”

Atlantic Shores Offshore Wind is a 50/50 partnership between Shell New Energies US LLC and EDF Renewables North America. The joint venture formed in December 2018 to co-develop a
183,353 acre lease area located approximately 8-20 miles off the New Jersey coast between Atlantic City and Barnegat Light. According to the developers, it has the potential to supply up to 2,500 MW of energy powering approximately one million homes.

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