Wind Energy – Baltic Sea
According to the Ministry of Energy of Lithuania Geobaltic and Garant Diving are the winners of a competition for the first wind farm in the Baltic Sea who will conduct seabed research.
Under a joint contract both companies will conduct geophysical and geotechnical surveys of the seabed, necessary for the installation of the wind farm, with the help of the Polish subcontractor LOTOS Petrobaltic. This service provider was selected by the Lithuanian Energy Agency following an international public tender.
Geobaltic and Garant Diving have local and international experience in hydrographic-geophysical and geoengineering seabed surveys, mandatory seismic, and geotechnical surveys. They also specialize in laboratory analysis of geomechanical properties of soil samples.
Planned seabed surveys are critical to understanding the structure of the seabed, which will influence the selection of wind farm designs and the depth at which they will be installed. Depending on the results of seabed research, the depth of foundations of the wind farm can be up to 25 meters, the website of the Ministry of Energy of Lithuania reports.
The planned work includes all major mandatory seabed surveys and is important for preparing the auction of permits to use the Lithuanian marine area for wind farm construction in 2023 and for obtaining EU funds.