Following the successful completion of a geophysical campaign on the same East Coast site in 2019, EGS has been awarded another contract to support the development of the Vineyard Wind offshore windfarm. The site is located in BOEM OCS-A 0501 Lease south of Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket, approximately 15 miles off the coast of Massachusetts in the United States.
The project will be carried out in the framework of supporting New England’s shift to clean, competitively priced energy, and Massachusetts goal to have 3,200 MW of offshore wind providing electricity to the Commonwealth by 2035. Vineyard Wind is playing an important part in the region’s goals and will make a significant contribution to the Commonwealth’s aim of reducing greenhouse gas emissions, while growing the local economy and enhancing energy security and reliability.
The scope of the work, will involve carrying out hydrographic, geophysical, geotechnical and environmental surveys and is aimed at providing high quality data to support permitting, siting and conceptual design for both the main Wind Development Area (WDA) and Offshore Export Cable Corridor (OECC) heading north toward the shore from the lease area.
To fulfil the purpose of the project, EGS will mobilise multiple inshore and offshore vessels including their own, fully mobilised 50m survey vessel, the “EGS Ventus” which will operate a full spread of high-resolution bathymetric and geophysical equipment, including a hull mounted dual head/dual swath Kongsberg 2040C MBES system, an Innomar SES2000 Parametric SBP and a Geo-Source sparker system.
EGS is focusing on providing the US offshore windfarm market with tailored survey solutions based on the groups extensive global experience. The project team’s focus is to deliver high-quality data in a safe, efficient and environmentally friendly way.