Fugro has mobilised two additional vessels for the site characterisation work currently under way at the Atlantic Shores offshore wind lease area off the coast of New Jersey.
The company, which has been carrying out surveys at the site since May, now has three vessels on site, with a fourth to be deployed later this month.
The on-site work will continue through the autumn and winter.
Fugro is gathering high resolution geophysical, benthic, and shallow geotechnical data within the lease area and along two proposed export cable routes.
“These data will be processed and analysed to characterise site conditions, including bathymetry, seafloor morphology, subsurface geology, environmental and biological sites, seafloor obstructions, soil conditions and archaeological resources. Atlantic Shores will use this information to safely design, permit and install future wind farm facilities”, Fugro said.
Atlantic Shores Offshore Wind, a joint venture between Shell New Energies US and EDF Renewables North America, holds the development rights for the lease area, which spans across 183,000 hectares and has the potential to generate 2.5 GW of wind energy.