The Arklow Bank Wind Park project (Phase 2), off the coast of County Wicklow, has reached another major milestone with the recent completion of a detailed offshore geomorphology survey. SSE Renewables appointed local contractor Alpha Marine to undertake the bathymetric survey, which captured seabed conditions in high resolution format, across the site. This is an important component of the ongoing engineering and design works for the Arklow Bank Wind Park project.

The value that Alpha Marine has brought to the project over the past two years, highlights the capabilities of the Irish supply chain in supporting the emerging offshore wind sector in Ireland.

Alpha Marine has previously demonstrated its capabilities in 2019 by completing a detailed geophysical campaign for the Arklow Bank Wind Park project. The geophysical investigation involved two vessels working over a three-month period to capture subsurface conditions across the site, allowing a three-dimensional ground model to be created.

“Alpha Marine has demonstrated a strong capability, combined with flexibility and technical agility in the delivery of the surveys and was a natural choice for SSE Renewables when looking for a maritime services partner for the Arklow Bank Wind Park project,” said Arklow Bank Wind Park Phase 2 Project Manager, James O’Hara. “As the project develops over the next couple of years, we expect that further opportunities will emerge for localised suppliers of services.”

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