Fugro Kicks Off Geotechnical Investigation Works at Hornsea Two

Fugro has commenced marine site characterisation work at the Hornsea Project Two offshore wind farm site under a contract with Ørsted for geotechnical site investigation, which follows earlier contracts for geophysical investigation services at the site.

The geotechnical data acquired by Fugro will support the development of the ground model, assist design activities for the turbine foundations and inform cable route design at the Hornsea Project Two and Hornsea Project Three sites.

Fugro’s workscope includes seabed and downhole geotechnical investigations that will be undertaken using the equipment from a number of Fugro’s specialist vessels.

“We’re delivering this offshore project using our innovative new SEACALF® MkIV system for seabed cone penetration testing,” said Dennis van den Bulk, Fugro’s Senior Project Manager.

“Unlike conventional rod systems, it combines safer and more weather-tolerant operations with higher quality data by eliminating manual rod handling and its constant penetration speed. This approach means that we can provide an efficient solution to meet project milestones whilst improving safety performance,” Van den Bulk said.

Hornsea Project Two, located approx. 89 km off the Yorkshire coast, will be the world’s biggest operational offshore wind farm with almost 1.4GW of capacity, once commissioned in 2022.

Fugro has also carried out several marine site characterisation contracts at Ørsted’s 1.2GW Hornsea One site and workscopes have included geophysical surveys, geotechnical and environmental site investigations, laboratory testing programmes, deployment of a lidar buoy with subsequent measurements and a range of consultancy services.

Photo: Illustration; Fugro Bucentaur; Image source: fugro.com