Wind Energy – Metocean Survey
Salamander, a joint venture between Ørsted, Simply Blue Group and Subsea 7, has appointed Fugro to conduct a comprehensive metocean survey for the proposed Salamander offshore wind farm project.
Located 35 km off the coast of Peterhead, Scotland, the 100 MW project will use innovative floating offshore wind technologies to help Scotland and the UK progress towards a net-zero future.
Scheduled to begin in September, the survey will run for approximately twelve months and gather essential meteorological, oceanographic, and environmental data. These insights will inform the project’s design, operations, and maintenance strategy, as well as support the planning application process.
To facilitate the survey, two floating SEAWATCH Wind Lidar Buoys and a Wavescan buoy will be deployed. These technologies will measure wave height, wind and current speed and other region-specific metrics, enabling a comprehensive assessment of the site’s characteristics and seasonal conditions.
The metocean survey forms part of a series of surveys to be conducted by Salamander before starting the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) and Habitat Regulations Assessment (HRA). The project team aims to submit the necessary consent applications by early 2024.