N-Sea has started geophysical, UXO (limited) and environmental studies in the area of the White Cross floating offshore wind project in the Celtic Sea.
The activities, which started on May 29, will see the company inspect the location of the offshore wind farm and the project’s export cable routing corridor.
Work at sea will be carried out by N-Sea personnel aboard the survey vessels Braveheart Spirit and Geo Focus.
Geo Focus hit the field in late May, while Braveheart Spirit is expected to join in mid-June.
The geophysical and UXO survey will use MBES, SSS, a high resolution subsurface profiler, single channel sparker and magnetometers, while the environmental survey will acquire scrolling video footage and grab samples.
All environmental sampling will be carried out by sub-contractor Ocean Ecology.
Since coastal areas have the potential to contain higher densities of static fishing gear, all survey operations will be undertaken during daylight hours.
The proposed White Cross wind farm is located approximately 50 kilometers off the coast of Devon and Cornwall.
Cobra and Flotation Energy are joint venture project partners for the 100 MW project.
In July 2021, The Crown Estate selected White Cross, along with two other demonstration floating offshore wind projects, through its leasing opportunity for the first commercial-scale floating wind projects in the Celtic Sea.
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