A UK supplier has successfully completed one of the largest seabed investigation campaigns in the history of the offshore wind industry in preparation for DONG Energy's 1.2 gigawatt Hornsea Project One project.
Located 120km off the Yorkshire coast, the project is scheduled to go into operation by 2020 when it will be able to meet the electricity needs of approximately 800,000 UK homes.
The work has been completed within four months by the Wallingford-based Fugro GeoConsulting who was awarded the £13 million contract last November following an extremely competitive tender process. The company's geotechnical vessels undertook close to 2,800m of seabed cone penetration testing and more than 5,000m of boreholes on all future WTG and OSS positions as part of the detailed site investigation.
The biggest campaign
Søren Egede Johannesen, Team Lead in DONG Energy's Site Investigation Project Management, said: "This is the biggest geotechnical campaign we’ve undertaken and among the largest seabed investigation campaigns the offshore wind industry has seen."
He added: "Fugro GeoConsulting has used two of the largest and best equipped geotechnical vessels available on the market - M/V Greatship Manisha and M/V Bucentaur - to undertake the investigation work."
Willem Knoops, DONG Energy's Project Manager, said:" This campaign has seen a large focus on Health and Safety and despite the challenging conditions in winter, Fugro has only experienced a small number of minor incidents and no lost time incidents in a campaign comprising more than 100,000 man-hours, an excellent performance.
Hornsea Project One received development consent from the UK Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change in December and then in February, DONG Energy exercised its option to acquire full ownership of the project from joint venture partner Smart Wind - a consortium of Mainstream Renewable Power and Siemens Financial Services (SFS).
Hornsea Project One is one of three projects for which DONG Energy was awarded Financial Investment Decision Enabling Contracts for Difference by the Government in April 2014.
Daniel Deen, Senior Project Manager at Fugro GeoConsulting, said: "The performance on this project has been exemplary of how the various parties should come together and deliver a large-scale project during the winter months, which historically have not been kind. Yes, there have been challenges and issues to overcome, but we’ve worked together as a team, a partnership, to deliver the scope of work and fulfil the project objectives."
Fugro GeoConsulting is part of the Fugro Group, the world's largest integrator of geotechnical survey, subsea and geoscience services with a global workforce of over 12,500 employees.