December 12 (Renewables Now) - Dutch geo-intelligence company Fugro has been contracted to carry out seabed and sub-seafloor investigations for Innogy SE's (ETR:IGY) 860-MW Triton Knoll offshore wind project in the UK.
The programme of site investigations that is about to begin marks the first major offshore activity for the project, coming soon after it secured a contract for difference (CfD) in September 2017.
The about GBP-3-million (USD 4m/EUR 3.4m) contract will see Fugro operate three vessels out of the Humber, supported by staff from the company's UK headquarters in Wallingford. Works will include mapping and testing of the seafloor and sub-seafloor conditions and borehole testing to up to 50 metres (164 ft) depth, at the locations of the 90 turbines and two offshore substations. Conditions around the export and inter-array cable locations will also be explored.
"This programme of site investigations will aid our detailed design work, and marks a critical stage in our preparations for offshore construction, currently expected to begin in 2020," said Andy Barwise, Triton Knoll principal geotechnical engineer. The site investigations will be important for the production and installation of the wind farm's monopile foundations that are currently being designed by UK firm Atkins, Barwise added.
MHI Vestas Offshore Wind's V164-9.5 MW turbines have been selected for the project.
(GBP 1 = USD 1.334/EUR 1.132)