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2019, Bibby HydroMap, Blyth NaREC Offshore Demonstration Site, Operations and Maintenance Geophysical Surveys

2019, Bibby HydroMap, Blyth NaREC Offshore Demonstration Site, Operations and Maintenance Geophysical Surveys

Topic categories:

Geophysical

Last series update:

November 2021

MEDIN approved

Industry:

Wind

Collection date:

Apr 2019 - Apr 2019

Development:

Blyth Demonstration Site

Publication date:

Nov 2021

Round:

Demo

Organisation:

Bibby HydroMap

Phase:

Post-construction

Description

Bibby HydroMap were commissioned by Blyth Offshore Demonstrator Ltd/EDF Renewables, in August 2018, to undertake two geophysical surveys (in August-September 2018 and April 2019) at the Blyth Offshore Demonstrator wind farm, located off the north-east coast of the UK at Blyth, Northumberland.
     The 41.5 MW wind farm is located approximately 6km offshore of Blyth and comprises five wind turbine generators configured in a single row. The 2019 survey was undertaken between 16th and 30th April 2019.
     This survey, comprising the collection of multibeam bathymetry and side scan sonar data, marks the first of a 3-year monitoring program, which will be undertaken at 6 monthly intervals, and after any major storm events.
     The objectives of the survey program are to acquire survey data to a resolution that will:
     - Identify seabed debris within the construction area;
     - Identify changes to seabed morphology, to enable the evaluation of the effectiveness of installed scour protection and ratify predictions for scour development;
     - Inform the foundation and cable maintenance schedule; and
     - Satisfy the requirements of the Marine Licence.