Arklow Offshore Wind Farm Site Condition Assessment

ABPmer's metocean information service supported the development of Ireland's Arklow Bank Offshore Wind Farm

Sure Partners (SSE Renewables)

Wind farm developers and operators require a detailed understanding of metocean and seabed conditions to support the design, installation and decommissioning phases of the development.

ABPmer was commissioned by Sure Partners to produce a Site Condition Report to inform development of Arklow Bank Offshore Wind Farm, off the east coast of Ireland.

The combination of relatively shallow water, strong tidal currents and exposed wave climate make Arklow Bank a particularly complex location. However, using outputs from validated hindcast databases developed for SEASTATES – ABPmer’s Metocean Information Service – we provided a preliminary set of metocean statistics, as well as a description of the seabed morphology, sediment transport patterns and a high-level assessment of scour potential.

We helped develop the specification for a new oceanographic survey. We will be using the outputs in conjunction with new numerical modelling to refine the preliminary results and inform a final Site Condition Report.

ABPmer is a recognised authority in numerical modelling and metocean criteria, and is regularly called upon to provide technical input to engineering design that satisfies both consenting requirements and international standards.


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