Buchan Offshore Wind, which is developing a 1-GW floating wind farm offshore Scotland, said on Wednesday it has finalised its offshore site investigations.
The project is a partnership between German renewable energy company BayWa r.e., Belgian offshore wind developer Elicio and floating wind technology developer BW Ideol, which secured the right to develop the site in the ScotWind leasing round. The development is located 75 km (46.6 miles) northeast of Fraserburgh on the Aberdeenshire coast.
Ocean Infinity started the survey in April this year, using the Normand Superior vessel, which carried out cone penetration tests on the wind farm site. The work sought to explore the geotechnical and environmental characteristics of the project site and the export cable route. This data will be used in preparing the project’s design and environmental assessment.
“The completion of the offshore site investigation marks an important milestone within the development process, and we are looking forward to progressing Buchan Offshore Wind into its design phase,” said project director Alasdair MacLeod.
Buchan Offshore Wind recently submitted its offshore scoping report to the Scottish government’s Marine Directorate.
The project is holding public consultation events next week.