Swiss-based offshore geotechnical data acquisition specialist Geoquip Marine has won a contract for gathering crucial engineering data to support the proposed MarramWind floating offshore wind farm.
Joint venture partners between ScottishPower and Shell, which is developing the 3GW MarramWind off the northeast coast of Scotland, chose Geoquip Marine for site exploration and geotechnical data collation, which will help inform the project development and design activities.
To support the project, the company will perform a complete geotechnical investigation to gather soil and geotechnical data for developing an engineering ground model.
This model is essential for feasibility studies, including the design and installation assessments of various necessary components, such as anchors for the floating platforms, fixed foundations for the offshore substation, and inter-array cable systems.
The MarramWind survey work is being undertaken by Geoquip’s Seehorn vessel and will continue into 2024 when down-hole work using one of Geoquip Marine’s integrated geotechnical survey vessels (IGSV) will take place.
“Floating wind will be a global gamechanger for the offshore renewables industry and we’re excited that MarramWind could be one of the first commercial-scale floating offshore wind farms in the world,” Richard Eakin, project director for MarramWind, said.