Fugro has completed a large site characterisation field programme off the coast of Massachusetts for a proposed offshore wind farm of 804 MW. The data will support permitting, design and installation of the proposed wind farm.
The proposed wind farm is being developed by Mayflower Wind, a joint venture between Shell New Energies and Ocean Winds (the global offshore wind collaboration of Engie and EDP Renewables). Fugro was awarded the contract earlier this year.
The 6‑month programme involved comprehensive, high‑resolution Geo‑data acquisition within the project’s 520‑km2 lease area and along the export cable routes. Fugro’s work on the project began in April and comprised four vessels and one aircraft to acquire Geo-data about the site’s water depth, seafloor morphology, seabed and sub-seabed geohazards, historical and archaeological resources, benthic habitats, and soil properties. Laboratory testing, data integration and analysis are now underway to support the project’s construction and operation plans.
In December 2018, Mayflower Wind won the rights to develop a lease area that can support up to 1,600 megawatts of offshore wind in federal waters over 20 miles south of Martha’s Vineyard. In October 2019 Mayflower Wind was chosen by Massachusetts to supply 804 MW of clean, renewable energy from offshore wind to the electricity customers within the state. The construction is expected to start in 2025.