ABPmer Wins Arklow Bank – Phase 2 Work

The 504MW Greater Gabbard offshore wind farm off the coast of Suffolk in the UK, co-owned by SSE and Innogy Image: SSE Renewables

ABPmer is supporting SSE Renewables in the development of Phase 2 of its Arklow Bank Wind Park project, off the east coast of Ireland.

ABPmer has been commissioned to prepare a preliminary site condition report and manage the associated metocean survey which will then be used in conjunction with new numerical modelling to refine the preliminary results and inform a final site condition peport.

David Lambkin, ABPmer project manager, said: “We are delighted to be preparing the site condition reports for the Arklow Bank Wind Park development on behalf of SSE Renewables. We regularly undertake metocean and morphological analysis for offshore windfarms but the mixture of relatively shallow water, stronger tidal currents and exposed wave climate make this a particularly interesting location to study.

“Our validated hindcast databases – SEASTATES – are the starting point for any metocean studies or parameters we provide and have been used to inform the preliminary report. As we move forward, this will be supplemented and validated with new data from a metocean survey and new high-resolution, site specific numerical modelling.”

The site condition reports provide SSE Renewables with a wide range of metocean statistics, as well as a description of the seabed morphology, sediment transport patterns and a high-level assessment of scour potential. This will provide a basis for engineering design and operational planning, which will be further refined and validated from the early planning stages through to final design.

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