Fugro has started a complete geotechnical survey campaign at the site of the 496MW Saint-Brieuc offshore wind farm in France, Ailes Marines, the consortium behind the project, reports.
The complete geotechnical survey follows a recently completed unexploded ordnance (UXO) survey at the site which started in April 2017.
Fugro started the campaign mid-June and expects to finish it by September 2017.
The company deployed three vessels – Gargano, Fugro Synergy, and Glomar Vantage – to survey all 62 positions of the wind turbines as well as the location of the electrical substation.
The aim of the survey is to accurately define the composition of the soil and subsoil at the site.
In April 2012, the Ailes Marines consortium was awarded the exclusive rights for the exploitation of the offshore wind farm in the Bay of Saint-Brieuc.
The project was technically redefined in 2013 with the aim of using 62 Adwen wind turbines with a unit capacity of 8MW, instead of 100 turbines with a 5MW capacity.
The construction is expected to start in 2018 and the wind farm is scheduled to be operational in 2020.
Ailes Marines is a joint venture between Iberdrola, RES and Caisse des Dépôts.