April 4 (Renewables Now) - Netherlands-based geotechnical services provider Fugro is poised to begin a site characterisation programme at the 700-MW Hollandse Kust (noord) wind farm zone off the Dutch west coast.
The company has been awarded an additional contract by the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO.nl), which includes seabed investigations and borehole drilling at two lots. Fieldwork will be carried out between April and June.
Under an earlier contract, Fugro completed a geophysical survey of the area in the third quarter of 2017 to map existing cables, pipelines and possible other obstacles.
The data the company will provide to RVO.nl will be used by developers to prepare bids. The offshore wind permit tender for Hollandse Kust (noord) is planned for 2019.
In March, the Dutch government selected Swedish state-owned utility Vattenfall AB as the winning bidder in the country's first zero-subsidy offshore wind tender for sites I and II of the Hollandse Kust (zuid) zone.