Fugro, IOVTEC to Install LiDAR Buoy off Taiwan

Fugro and International Ocean Vessel Technical Consultant (IOVTEC) will install a LiDAR buoy off the Taiwanese coast in January 2018 to collect wind resource data. 

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This was reported by Fugro, who did not provide further details about the project, while announcing the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with IOVTEC, under which the two companies will cooperate on marine survey projects in the waters surrounding Taiwan.

The agreement will see IOVTEC expanding survey services in the country and Fugro providing fit-for-purpose technology, equipment and expertise, Fugro stated.

In addition to its surveying activity, IOVTEC will provide logistic and operational support to Fugro’s offshore metocean projects.

Jerry Paisley, Fugro’s Director for Marine Site Characterisation in the Asia Pacific region, said: “Fugro’s offshore wind experience around the world and IOVTEC’s local skills make for an ideal partnership in Taiwan’s rapidly developing offshore wind sector.”

In 2016, Fugro carried out the first geotechnical and geophysical survey and metocean study project in Taiwanese waters for a major offshore wind developer for engineering design and environmental impact assessment purposes.

With IOVTEC, the company recently conducted a large-scale clearance survey for an exploration 3D seismic survey programme in the region.