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TGS Kicks Off Multi-Client Wind and Metocean Measurement Surveys in German North Sea

Norway-headquartered TGS has started a multi-client wind measurement campaign using two LiDAR buoys offshore Germany in the North Sea.

The buoys, supplied by Green Rebel, are equipped with a multitude of sensors, allowing detailed measurement of wind, metocean, and environmental data.

The collected data from the 24-month measurement campaign is streamed to shore and used to enhance decision-making to support several current and future wind lease rounds in the German Bight.

“Early access to essential wind and metocean data significantly mitigates investment risks, empowers informed decisions, and ensures smooth project implementation across the wind development lifecycle,” said Kristian Johansen, CEO of TGS.

In addition to wind speed measurements, the data package includes 12 months of critical metocean data, such as wave heights and ocean current profiles, acquired via Directional Waverider buoys and seabed-mounted Acoustic Doppler Current Profilers, according to TGS.

Data will be continuously streamed, quality-controlled, and made available to customers daily through the Wind AXIOM platform.

This year, Germany launched two tenders, one for three centrally pre-investigated areas with a combined offshore wind capacity of 5.5 GW and another for two areas not previously pre-examined.

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When it comes to TGS, the company’s multi-client approach, where multiple customers can subscribe to the same floating LiDAR data, significantly advantages offshore wind developers by reducing development costs and timelines, according to the firm.

Similar programmes have already been deployed across the East Coast of America, where five buoys are currently collecting data and offshore Norway.

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