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Ignitis Renewables picks Fugro for Lithuania’s first offshore wind farm seabed survey

Lithuanian energy company Ignitis Renewables announced last Monday (20 November) that it has awarded a contract to conduct a geophysical survey at Lithuania’s first offshore wind farm to Dutch surveying services company Fugro. 

Ignitis Renewables plans to develop a 700-megawatt (MW) offshore wind farm with an estimated capacity of three terawatt-hours (TWh) of electricity annually, which would meet up to a quarter of Lithuania’s current electricity demand. The wind farm is scheduled to be commissioned by 2030. 

The current stage of the project is expected to inform the location, construction and design of future wind turbines in the Baltic Sea.

Fugro’s designated geophysical survey vessel, the Fugro Frontier, is currently on-site in the Baltic Sea surveying the 120 square-kilometre area, collecting 2D ultra-ultra high-resolution (UHRS) sub-surface data, as well as bathymetry, sidescan sonar, and magnetometer data.

“We are pleased to partner with Fugro, one of the leading authorities in the field, as the information gathered from these surveys brings us another step closer to making the first offshore wind farm in Lithuania a reality. The geophysical data acquisition is a critical milestone in our preparatory phase, laying the groundwork necessary to initiate construction on schedule,” said Vytautas Rimas, Head of Offshore Development at Ignitis Renewables. 

The 2,000 survey line kilometres of high-quality data collected will be crucial for characterising the site and identifying potential risks to an offshore wind farm development in this area, Ignitis Renewables said in a press release. These insights will inform the selection of future geotechnical investigations and help create a detailed ground model that Ignitis Renewables along with its partners will use to determine the optimal wind turbine foundation design and locations.

“Our commitment to delivering comprehensive, reliable geo-data, combined with our expertise in challenging geology and offshore conditions, will help derisk future phases of this development. We look forward to contributing to the success of Lithuania’s clean energy goals and to continue our tradition of providing valuable services to our clients,” said Alvydas Uždanavičius, Fugro’s Lithuania Country Manager.

In addition, the Lithuanian energy company is also cooperating in the analysis of seabed investigations with specialist engineering and design consultancy, Gavin & Doherty Geosolutions (GDG), a Venterra Group company, and local partners in Lithuania Geobaltic.

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