General – Surveys
The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) has awarded contracts to the companies Fugro and Enviros for mapping of the shallowest strata under the seabed.
The objective is to locate sites that are best suited for placement of wind turbines.
Fugro has been awarded the contract for the Sørlig Nordsjø II area, while Enviros will map Utsira Nord. The respective vessels to be used are the Fugro Searcher and the Kommandor Iona.
The companies will acquire seven different measurements: “MBES (multibeam echosounder) delivers key data sets for bathymetry, acoustic backscatter and water column data. We will also collect 2D high-resolution seismic, sub-bottom profiler echo-sounder (SBP), side-scanning sonar (SSS) data, as well as magnetometer data,” according to geophysicist Lars Jensen, who is managing the project for the NPD.
The NPD received the assignment last year to conduct subsurface surveys in the two areas, which have been opened for applications for renewable energy production. Fugro mapped parts of Sørlige Nordsjø II last autumn.