Following on from a geotechnical contract in 2019 for survey work on the Hollandse Kust Zuid offshore windfarm zone in the Netherlands, Fugro has been awarded a geotechnical site investigation contract for the Ten noorden van de Waddeneilanden windfarm zone (TNWWFZ)
The final deliverable for the Netherlands Enterprise Agency will be a data package that can be used to prepare a detailed integrated geological and geotechnical model, on which windfarm developers will base future tenders.
The survey work will take place from February to May 2020. The project will consist of two phases, a shallow subsurface investigation to be completed in Phase 1, followed by a borehole drilling programme and standard and advanced laboratory testing, to be completed in Phase 2.
The TNWWFZ is 46 nautical miles off the north coast of the Netherlands. The total surface area in question is approximately 120 km2.
Assuming that a windfarm is built there, it is expected to provide generating capacity of around 700 MW.
In July 2019, a contractor working for the agency began survey work in the zone, one of a number it has identified for potential offshore windfarms.
The agency awarded MMT a contract to undertake geophysical site investigations for TNWWFZ, the objective of the project being to contribute to the bathymetrical, morphological and geological understanding of the area.
The Dutch Government has approved the development of a number of windfarm zones in the North Sea, including Borssele, Hollandse Kust (Zuid), Hollandse Kust (Noord), Hollandse Kust (West), TNWWFZ and IJmuiden Ver. This will bring total capacity to around 11 GW.
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