Equinor’s New York Bight LiDAR Takes to Water

Equinor Wind US has shared a video showing the recent deployment of a Floating LiDAR at its offshore wind lease site in the New York Bight.

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The Floating LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) will measure wind speed and direction, wave conditions and several other marine characteristics that help inform decisions related to the resource potential and eventual development of the project. It will be deployed for a period of two years.

Equinor Wind US won the federal lease auction of 80,000 acres south of New York and east of New Jersey in 2016. The company is currently developing projects in the lease area for the offshore wind markets in the two states, with the projects named Empire Wind in New York and Boardwalk Wind in New Jersey.

In December last year, Equinor submitted a winning bid of USD 135 million for a lease area offshore Massachusetts in an auction held by the US Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management.