The Netherlands Enterprise Agency is to begin survey work on another of the zones it has identified for offshore windfarms
It has awarded Swedish survey outfit MMT a contract to undertake geophysical site investigations for the Ten Noorden van de Waddeneilanden zone, one of a number that will be developed between now and 2030.
The objective of the project is to contribute to the bathymetrical, morphological and geological understanding of the area. Ultimately the data will be used by offshore wind developers to prepare bids for the site.
A high resolution ground model will ensure developers can prepare their bids with minimal uncertainty about the site, helping to reduce the cost of developing offshore windfarms in the area.
Project preparations are currently underway, with the fieldwork due to be undertaken in July and August from MMT’s survey vessel Franklin.
The geophysical survey includes collecting high-resolution bathymetry and seabed imagery, and determining the position of cables and pipelines in the area.
A geological ground model of the site will be established using a parametric echo-sounder and a 2D/3D UHRS system.
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), TenNoorden van de Waddeneilanden and IJmuiden Ver. This will bring the total capacity to 11 GW.