Fugro has recently completed geotechnical site investigations at the Aberdeen Bay offshore wind farm off the Scottish coast.
The drilling vessel Bucentaur was deployed in March and has recently completed assessments at all 11 turbine locations. The project is being developed by Vattenfall and the Aberdeen Renewable Energy Group.
The assessments willl provide data to microsite hardware foundations prior to full construction in late 2017, pending a final investment decision at the end of this year.
Fugro’s senior project manager Dennis van den Bulk said: “A two phased approach was adopted over a period of 11 days. During the first phase we conducted seabed cone penetration tests (CPTs) and seismic CPTs down to refusal at each of the turbine locations, and in the second phase we drilled three boreholes.”
He added: “The offshore phase was completed safely, successfully and without any significant downtime, validating the solution.”
Commercial operations at the project, also known as the European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre (EOWDC), are expected to begin in 2018.