RWE initiates soil investigations at Thor site

A research vessel has already started geotechnical drilling and testing at the turbine locations, while two more will be deployed before long.
Photo: RWE
Photo: RWE

German utility RWE is initiating investigations of the soil off the coast of Jutland where the 1GW offshore wind farm Thor will be completed in five years.

A total of three research vessels will be collecting geotechnical data from the seabed approximately 22 kilometers from the Port of Thorsminde, which RWE has chosen as an operations and maintenance base for the upcoming wind farm.

Geological research vessel Fugro Scout has already started geotechnical drilling and testing at wind turbine locations. The information from the drilling will be used to verify existing data and provide additional geotechnical parameters, which will contribute a detailed design and optimize the foundations for the offshore substation and the wind turbines.

”We are looking forward to using the data collected by Fugro to start the design works for the main components of our Thor Offshore Wind Farm. With Thor, we have two projects off the Danish coast and this means that RWE is making a major contribution to Denmark’s energy transition. Denmark has very favourable wind conditions and has ambitions to deploy even more offshore projects off the Danish coast – and as RWE we want to be part of this development,” says Project Director of Thor Offshore Wind Farm at RWE Renewables Günther Fenle.

Two additional specialized vessels from Fugro will support the survey from mid-July onwards.

The Thor wind farm is slated for completion in 2027 at the latest, as a result of which RWE will start setting up in the Port of Thorsminde during the spring of 2023. In 2026-’27, RWE will begin operations.

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