Ossian project, a prominent 3.6 GW floating offshore wind farm located 84 kilometers off the eastern coast of Scotland, has successfully completed key geotechnical surveys. This achievement makes Ossian the first ScotWind floating offshore wind farm to reach this crucial milestone.
The Ossian project is a collaborative effort between SSE Renewables, Japan's Marubeni Corp (TYO:8002), and Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (CIP). Situated in water depths of approximately 72 meters, the geotechnical surveys have been ongoing since the spring, offering vital insights into the seabed environment and informing the installation design.
Contracted by Ossian, Fugro and Ocean Infinity played pivotal roles in conducting these surveys. David Willson, senior project manager, expressed satisfaction with the progress made, highlighting Ossian's distinction as the first large-scale floating offshore wind farm to reach this significant milestone. Furthermore, Ossian, in conjunction with other ScotWind developers, recently concluded a comprehensive two-year digital aerial bird survey across the North Sea.
The scope of work undertaken by Ocean Infinity encompassed both shallow vibro-cores and deep push seabed cone penetration tests, some of which were carried out remotely, marking an industry first. Fugro, on the other hand, executed downhole geotechnical sampling and in situ cone penetration testing.