Dutch firm Fugro has secured a new contract from Danish power company Ørsted to carry out geotechnical investigations at two large-scale offshore wind development project sites in the US.

Ørsted is also undertaking the construction of the two projects.

Bay State Wind is located 15 miles off the coast of Martha’s Vineyard in Massachusetts, while Ocean Wind is situated ten miles off the New Jersey coast. They will help supply wind energy to several US-based consumers and businesses.

Fugro US president Ed Saade said: “We strongly support the growing offshore wind development activity here in the US.

“Before receiving the contracts, Fugro performed geoconsulting desktop studies and geotechnical ground truthing for Ørsted.”

“It fits directly with our overall strategy for coastal zone management activity and coordination between industry, government, and academia.”

The marine site characterisation at both farms involves highly specialised sampling and in-situ testing, which Fugro is expected to conduct from its DP2 geotechnical drillship Fugro Explorer. The company will also provide laboratory testing and reporting services.

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Before receiving the contracts, Fugro performed geoconsulting desktop studies and geotechnical ground truthing for Ørsted.

Investigations on the two windpower sites commenced at the end of November and are expected to continue for a further three months.

The studies will be conducted under Fugro’s quality, health, safety, security, and environment (QHSSE) management system.