Geoquip Marine gets to work on gathering crucial geotechnical information to enable the development and construction of MarramWind floating offshore windfarm off the coast of Scotland
Geoquip Marine’s geotechnical investigation will gather soil and geotechnical data essential for designing and constructing floating platforms.
One of the world’s first large-scale floating wind farms, MarramWind could provide up to 3 GW of cleaner renewable energy – enough to power the equivalent of more than 3.5 million homes.
In the shift towards a low-carbon global economy, this project could help position Scotland as a global leader in offshore wind development.
Geoquip Marine, a specialist in acquiring, analysing, and reporting global offshore geotechnical data, is getting to work on gathering crucial engineering data to support the proposed MarramWind floating offshore windfarm.
MarramWind is a joint venture between ScottishPower and Shell. The partners have chosen Geoquip Marine as their valued marine data specialist for site exploration and geotechnical data collation, which will help inform the project development and design activities.
To support the project, Geoquip Marine will perform a complete geotechnical investigation to gather soil and geotechnical data for developing an engineering ground model.
This model is essential for feasibility studies, including the design and installation assessments of various necessary components, such as anchors for the floating platforms, fixed foundations for the offshore substation, and inter-array cable systems. The MarramWind survey work is being undertaken by Geoquip’s Seehorn vessel, and will continue into 2024 when down-hole work using one of Geoquip Marine’s Integrated Geotechnical Survey vessels (IGSV) will take place.
Richard Eakin, Project Director for MarramWind, said: “Floating wind will be a global gamechanger for the offshore renewables industry and we’re really excited that MarramWind could be one of the first commercial-scale floating offshore wind farms in the world.
“It’s great to see MarramWind moving on with pace and purpose and to have Geoquip Marine on board as we undertake this vital geotechnical survey work that will inform upcoming technical studies and design activities for this exciting green energy project.”
Richard Turner, CEO of Geoquip Marine, said: “Geoquip Marine is thrilled to be working with world-leading energy developers on the large-scale floating offshore wind project MarramWind. Our expert team is fully committed to safely delivering the precise geotechnical insights needed for this project.’’