Seas Geosciences to Perform Preliminary Investigations for 3 Planned Mediterranean Floating Wind Farms

Geosciences

Author

Woocheen

Date

December 18, 2023

Tyrrhenian, Nurax, Poseidon Wind Power Projects Could Produce 5 TWh/y Off Italian Coast

Offshore Wind Projects

The project companies Tyrrhenian, Nurax, Poseidon and Seas Geosciences have joined forces on preliminary investigations for three planned floating wind farms in the Mediterranean, with work to take place in early 2024.

The areas for the three projects lie off the northeast coast of Sardegna and off the coast of Lazio, Italy. Combined, the three projects are expected to produce around 5 TWh/y of power, with commercial operation expected between 2029 and 2031, after completion of the authorization process and construction.

“It was important to us to work with a company that shares our commitment to ocean health and responsible environmental stewardship,” said Pepe Carnevale, director of the three projects.

“Seas Geosciences brings that focus, as well as advanced technology that allows us to work in otherwise inoperable places, such as 1,600-meter-deep water.”

Seas Geosciences will assess seabed and subsurface conditions to inform the generation of a ground model and to progress design and installation studies for the projects’ foundations and cables. To do that, Seas will use its Deepwater CPT unit to perform cone penetration testing up to 40 meters below the surface of the seabed. It will then use its Deepwater Drilling system to collect borehole samples for laboratory testing.

Work will take place in water depths of up to 1,600 meters – nearly one mile deep. Building on its ongoing success with another project launched off the coast of Sicily in 2022, Seas will partner with Italian company Argo on a vessel to serve as its base of operations.

“We are proud of our leading technology, but it’s our skilled, experienced team that makes the tools so valuable,” said Seas Geosciences President Paolo Casciotti. “Our team members have been working with this kind of equipment, in extremely challenging conditions, for many years. They truly set us apart in the industry.”

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Seas Geosciences President Paolo Casciotti

As part of Woocheen, Seas Geosciences draws inspiration from the shared heritage of Woocheen owner Sealaska’s 25,000 Alaska Native shareholders, who have more than 10,000 years of ancestral ties to the oceans, forests and communities of Southeast Alaska. That connection over millennia informs the company’s focus on ocean health. Moreover, Seas’ profits directly support Alaska Native communities with scholarships, economic opportunity, revitalization of Indigenous culture and language, and more.

“It inspires us to know the proceeds from our work support communities with thousands of years of connection to the ocean,” Casciotti said. “That element of what we do makes Seas Geosciences different, and it makes our already meaningful work even more impactful.”