Ground Samples Being Taken for Navitus Bay Development
7:04pm 11th August 2014
An offshore Wind farm near the Dorset coast is getting one step closer.
Bore holes are being drilled into the proposed site, and material extracted will be analysed to find the best type of foundation to support the turbines.
Construction of The Navitus Bay Wind Park is expected to start in 2017, as long as development consent is received. If this happens, the first energy should be produced in 2019, with a final completion in 2020/2021. At full capacity, around 710,000 homes will be provided with energy from the site.
Mike Unsworth, Project Director at Navitus Bay, said: "In parallel with seeking consent for the project, it is vital that we continue to gather additional information about the site conditions to help inform our detailed design of the proposed offshore wind park. This new survey will complement the existing wealth of information and data.
"This latest investigation is the next step in the process of engineering an optimum design for the wind turbine foundations."