September 25 (Renewables Now) - The joint venture created by EDF Renewables North America and Shell New Energies US LLC has kicked off ocean survey operations within the Atlantic Shores lease area off the coast of New Jersey.
The JV, called Atlantic Shores Offshore Wind LLC, initiated the process on Tuesday with the goal of informing future turbine development in the 183,353-acre (74,200 ha) lease area it holds. As previously announced, the area has a 2,500-MW offshore wind power potential.
Atlantic Shores will use the Geosea survey vessel to characterise the seabed, gather samples and determine placement of data collection buoys, which should be deployed later in 2019. The survey operations are expected to be completed by the end of October 2019.
EDF and Shell plan to participate in the next New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (NJBPU) solicitation for offshore wind power through Atlantic Shores.
Also on Tuesday, the company named Kevin Wark as its Fisheries Liaison Officer in order to facilitate the communication and collaboration with the recreational and commercial fishing industries. Wark has extensive experience in the ocean research field and last winter helped consult on the NJBPU strategic plan for offshore wind.
New Jersey is pursuing a goal of generating 3,500 MW of offshore wind power by 2030 and reaching 100% clean energy by 2050.