Fugro to Survey Galloper Offshore Wind Extension

Fugro has secured a contract to conduct geophysical and environmental site investigations at the Five Estuaries project, the extension of the operational Galloper offshore wind farm.

Fugro Mercator.Source: Fugro/RWE

Fugro Mercator has been appointed to carry out the geophysical survey at the UK project, which will start on 5 August and have a duration of approximately 14 weeks.

The vessel will be conducting operations across the main array and export cable route areas.

Fugro Seeker will perform the nearshore geophysical operations on the Five Estuaries export cable route for some 6-7 weeks, starting from 1 August.

Additionally, dive support vessel (DSV) Curtis Marshall will conduct the environmental survey from 2 November for two weeks at the main array and export cable route both offshore and nearshore.

The Five Estuaries offshore wind extension has a potential capacity of up to 353 MW.

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Project partners are the same as at the Galloper wind farm and include a Macquarie-led consortium, RWE and Siemens Financial Services.

The project was announced in September last year when the parties signed lease agreements with The Crown Estate for extensions of the Galloper, Gwynt y Môr, Greater Gabbard and Rampion offshore wind farms.

Galloper, which was officially inaugurated in September 2018, comprises 56 Siemens Gamesa 6.3 MW turbines installed some 30 kilometers off the coast of Suffolk.

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