Energinet awards sea surveys for Danish energy island

An artist's rendition of the Danish wind energy hub in the North Sea. Source: The Danish Energy Agency

April 12 (Renewables Now) - Danish state-owned transmission system operator Energinet said today it has contracted marine survey companies Fugro and MMT to survey and map the seabed under a planned artificial energy island in the North Sea.

The energy island project is envisaged as an offshore wind energy hub with an initial capacity of 3 GW, increased to 10 GW at a later stage.

The geophysical studies are part of preliminary studies for the construction of the island and the surrounding offshore wind farms. They will be conducted between May 2021 and September 2022 and will map the seabed to a depth of 100 metres (328 ft), Energinet said.

Fugro said it will carry out its work in two phases -- in phase 1 it will provide geophysical surveys, including seabed sampling and soil data, while phase 2 will be unexploded ordnance (UXO) magnetometry surveys. The fieldwork will be performed from May to November 2021 and from February to March 2022.

"Our innovative ultra high resolution subsoil Geo-data solutions will help future wind farm owners derisk the development and deliver cost-effective green energy to up to 10 million European households," said Fugro's commercial manager Rinse Jansch.

Last month, Fugro was picked by Italian grid operator Terna SpA (BIT:TRN) to conduct a multidisciplinary survey for part of the Tyrrhenian Link project that will connect the Italian peninsula with the islands of Sicily and Sardinia.

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