Geophysical survey for new wind energy area North of the Wadden Sea
The Swedish company MMT is to carry out a geophysical survey during the coming four to six weeks in the wind energy region ‘North of the Wadden’ in the North Sea. The survey activities are in fact the first phase of the 700 MW expansion of additional offshore wind farms planned north of the Wadden Sea to the west of the Gemini wind farm. The survey is being carried out on behalf of the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (Rijksdienst voor Ondernemend Nederland, RVO).
MMT specialises in exploring the seabed and is using its vessel Franklin, which is currently moored at Eemshaven on the southern quay of Beatrixhaven, for the geophysical survey. DHSS is the agent, and the vessel is ready to set off for the area to survey the condition of the seabed, perform measurements and collect geological data. This data will be used by offshore wind farm developers to prepare a good bid for the construction of the wind farms.
The kick-off for this survey at Eemshaven is another memorable offshore wind energy moment, but it also fits in perfectly with the position that Eemshaven has already built up in the field of offshore wind energy. The port has developed in recent years into a base and service port for the offshore wind industry of stature. This serves the wind farms in the German part of the North Sea in particular. Eemshaven is geographically very well positioned for the offshore wind activities in the North Sea, and the port also meets all maritime requirements and has the facilities needed for the assembly and logistic handling of wind turbines. Eemshaven has already been involved in the construction of 16 wind farms and is home to the maintenance bases for 4 wind farms.
The survey vessel ‘Franklin’ of the Swedish company MMT moored at the heavy load quay in the Beatrixhaven, Eemshaven