Beothuk Energy Inc. (BEI), an international green energy company focused on offshore wind power, has awarded contracts for its St. George’s Bay offshore wind energy project, located in western Newfoundland and Labrador (NL), to DNV GL and Fugro GeoSurveys through its engineering firm Maderra Engineering.
According to BEI, the St. George’s Bay project is planned to have a capacity of 180 MW and has the potential for significant socioeconomic benefits on the west coast of NL, similar to the impact made by the offshore oil industry on the east coast of the province.
The work program includes geological and bathymetric compilation, constraints analysis, wind resource and energy assessment, and levelized cost of energy (LCOE) cost modeling. The consultants and BEI have access to established data sets and 67 years of wind data for analysis and will be assessing an extensive collection of seismic, hydrographic and bathymetric data, according to BEI.
Specifically, DNV GL has been awarded a contract to provide the constraints analysis, wind resource and energy assessment, LCOE modeling, and a preliminary wind farm layout.
Fugro GeoSurveys, a division of Fugro Canada Corp., has been contracted to provide bathymetric/geologic compilation, hydrographic data reprocessing, assessment of stability and seismicity, geographical information system analyses of seabed morphology, and routing options.
Lastly, Maderra Engineering will provide owner’s engineering services, including planning, technical documentation review and integration, and interface management.
“This work program will provide key information for moving forward with the project’s design, providing a foundation for engineering, planning and development of Canada’s first offshore wind farm,” says Kirby Mercer, the chairman and CEO of BEI.
“Offshore wind in Atlantic Canada is of national significance in the energy mix, creating a new sector, reducing the nation’s carbon footprint, building on synergies with Atlantic Canada’s offshore oil and gas industry, and putting many highly skilled displaced workers to work in the fast-growing clean energy sector,” Mercer adds.