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Geoquip Marine completes geotechnical investigations for Beacon Wind

4C Offshore | Tom Russell
By: Tom Russell 24/11/2022 Geoquip Marine 
Geoquip Marine has completed offshore investigations as part of an intensive contract for Equinor and bp’s Beacon Wind development offshore from Massachusetts, USA.  

The geotechnical investigations gather data about subsurface conditions to inform project development. The contract was undertaken using three of Geoquip Marine’s vessels, the Geoquip Saentis, the Geoquip Seehorn and the Dina Polaris. The Geoquip Saentis and the Dina Polaris were employed drilling boreholes for Piezocone Penetration Test (PCPT) and the recovery of high-quality samples and the Geoquip Seehorn was used for deep push seabed Cone Penetration Testing.

Equinor and bp commensurately awarded Geoquip Marine the contracts for undertaking the geotechnical data acquisition for Beacon Wind and Empire Wind, sited off Long Island, USA. The same three vessels were deployed in both contracts and moved on to Beacon Wind immediately after Empire Wind was completed.

“Geoquip’s work with Beacon Wind and the Empire Wind project that preceded it have been tremendous success stories and we are delighted to have worked so effectively with our partners at Equinor,”
said Geoquip Marine USA Country Manager, Flanery Tangang.  “The USA is a vital growth market for us and our ability to dedicate three specialist vessels from our fleet, with our industry-leading technology, our world-class crews and our dedicated onshore testing laboratory meant that we were ideally equipped to undertake a contract of this magnitude and complexity.”  

The Empire Wind offshore wind project is located in the New York Bight off the southern coast of Long Island, and spans 80,000 acres with water depths of between 65 and 131 feet (19.8m - 39.9m). The lease was acquired in 2017 and is being developed in two phases (Empire Wind 1 and 2) with a total installed capacity of more than 2 GW (816 MW + 1,260 MW).

Beacon Wind is an offshore wind project located 60 miles east of Montauk Point, New York and 20 miles south of Nantucket, Massachusetts in BOEM Lease OCS-A 0520. It is being developed by Equinor and bp through their 50/50 strategic partnership in the US. Once complete, it is estimated that Beacon Wind will provide 1,230 MW of offshore wind power to the State of New York, enough power for over 1 million households in the US northeast from the 128,000-acre site. The initial phase of the project is due to commence commercial operation around 2028.

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