Scottish engineering consultants Aqualis Offshore has been awarded a US windfarm inspection contract.
The firm will carry out geotechnical site investigation supervision services at Ocean Wind wind park, 10 nautical miles off the coast of Atlantic City, New Jersey.
The 160,480 acre site is being jointly developed by Ørsted, formerly DONG Energy, and Eversource.
Ian Bonnon, managing director of Aqualis’ sister company Offshore Wind Consultants (OWC), said: “We have supported numerous Ørsted offshore wind farm projects in Europe, but this is our first project win in US waters.
“Reconnaissance level site survey has been carried out during summer of 2017, and we will now support the geotechnical investigation on site.
“Our team who is represented by employees both from our US Aqualis Offshore and UK OWC offices, will bring extensive experience in offshore ground investigation both from the European and North Sea offshore wind sector, and the US oil and gas sector.
“We will be project managing the work out of our Aqualis Offshore’s Houston office.”
Aqualis Offshore’s contract also has an option for the provision of geotechnical site investigations support at the proposed Bay State Wind offshore wind farm.
This wind farm is to be located approximately 15-25 miles south of Martha’s Vineyard in an area that has the potential to develop at least 2,000 megawatts of electricity – enough to power one million Massachusetts homes.
Ørsted and Eversource expect that first power can be delivered in the early 2020s.