Fugro scores further site characterisation work with Atlantic Shores

4C Offshore | Tom Russell
By: 25/05/2021 Fugro

Fugro has received a contract renewal from
Atlantic Shores Offshore Wind (Atlantic Shores) for the provision of real-time wind and metocean measurements off the coast of New Jersey in the US, over the next two years.

The award is the latest in a set of three contract renewals between Fugro and Atlantic Shores, based on a 2020 work season. Along with metocean services, Fugro’s geophysical and geotechnical contracts have also previously been renewed, all three to support the safe design, permitting and construction of future wind farm facilities within the 740 km2 lease area.

For the metocean contract, Fugro is utilising two SEAWATCH Wind Lidar Buoys. These systems provide wind, wave, current and meteorological data to help optimise wind turbine design, installation, and operations and maintenance. The geophysical and geotechnical contracts started earlier this spring and are focused on continued characterisation of the lease area, export cable routes and inter-array cable modules. The fieldwork will run until mid-July and is being performed from five vessels, including two third-party vessels local to New Jersey, equipped with advanced data acquisition and analysis capabilities for near-real-time data processing and geoconsulting.


Edward Saade, President of Fugro in the US, said: “Fugro is committed to ensuring a successful energy transition at the local, regional and global levels, so we are thrilled to continue our work with Atlantic Shores this year, building on past successes and applying innovative technologies that will help move this critical project forward.”

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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