DONG Energy, soon to be officially renamed to Ørsted, has awarded Aqualis Offshore with a contract for supervision of geotechnical site investigation at the Ocean Wind offshore wind farm site, with an option for Aqualis Offshore to provide similar services for the Bay State Wind Farm project.
Ocean Wind is proposed for a 160,480 acre offshore wind site located approximately 10 nautical miles off the coast of Atlantic City, New Jersey.
Under the contract, Aqualis Offshore – a sister company to Offshore Wind Consultants (OWC) – also has an option for the provision of geotechnical site investigations support at the Bay State Wind offshore wind farm, located approximately 15-25 miles south of Martha’s Vineyard, developed jointly by DONG Energy and Eversource. The Bay State could deliver first power in the early 2020s.
Ian Bonnon, managing director of Offshore Wind Consultants, said: “We have supported numerous Ørsted offshore wind farm projects in Europe, but this is our first project win in US waters. Reconnaissance level site survey has been carried out during summer of 2017, and we will now support the geotechnical investigation on site. Our team who is represented by employees both from our US Aqualis Offshore and UK OWC offices, will bring extensive experience in offshore ground investigation both from the European and North Sea offshore wind sector, and the US oil and gas sector.”
The company will be managing the work from Aqualis Offshore’s Houston office.