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23 February 2016 |   ByS Plasman
Fugro Author
Crucial data that will help determine the best possible design for an offshore wind farm in the Borssele zone have been provided by Fugro. 
Under contracts awarded by the Netherlands Enterprise Agency, part of the Ministry of Economic Affairs, Fugro deployed dedicated vessels MV Bucentaur, Fugro Scout and Fugro Commander to undertake geotechnical site investigations at the 1400MW Borssele wind farm area, off the Zeeland coast. The workscope also included geophysical investigations of the seabed, executed by Fugro Pioneer, to acquire information about water depth, geology and possible obstacles on and below the seabed.
These projects demonstrate Fugro’s specialised support for the offshore wind industry. We have strengthened the experience gained though soil and wind climate research in the Borssele area and this has enabled us to deliver high quality, objective information.
Frank Koopman, Director, Fugro Engineers B.V.
Fugro Scout
To aid calculations of anticipated yield from the planned wind farms, Fugro’s floating Seawatch lidar buoy was deployed, using laser beams to collect meteorological data. Boreholes, in situ testing and seabed cone penetration testing formed part of the programme which also entailed advanced testing at Fugro’s specialised laboratory in Wallingford, UK. 

The final result of the geophysical and geotechnical investigations was an integrated geological ground model. Delivered by experienced geoconsultancy engineers and geologists, it makes high quality data available to developers in preparation for the tender process.

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