Case Study

Seabed surveys: a bedrock for a successful US wind bid

Feasibility and site assessments for a new US offshore wind project.

Client

Due to commercial interests the client has requested to remain anonymous

Project

Geological, Geotechnical and MetOcean Desktop Study

Client Challenge

Our client is a world producer of wind energy and one of the sector’s leading innovators. The company required an offshore wind site assessment to determine which area to build a windfarm.

How we helped

Vysus Group was commissioned to conduct a geological, geotechnical and metocean study to assess the feasibility of the development of an offshore wind farm. We evaluated four separate blocks within the license area and recommended to our client which site to take forward for development. In addition, we formulated potential development costs for each of the blocks and carried out a detailed feasibility assessment of the ground, wind and metocean conditions. Our recommendation included viable foundation options with some high level design ranges.

We carried out the following technical assessments:

• Characterise the seabed and sub-seabed conditions through integration of available hydrographic, geotechnical and geophysical datasets.
• Inform scopes of work for future offshore surveys and for lease area favourability zoning.
• Inform preliminary foundation sizing assessments.

Powerful Results

Using our experience of developing offshore wind farm sites in analogous glacially derived soils at similar latitudes in Europe, this enabled us to look for not just the potential hazards and aspects that have caused challenges on previous projects, but also to highlight favourable areas that have proved successful for other projects.

We recommended viable foundation options with some high level design, ranges. Our analysis, insight and recommendations formed the basis of our client’s evaluation which underpinned their successful bid

Our analysis, insight and recommendations formed the basis of our client’s evaluation which underpinned their successful bid.

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