Fugro has commenced marine site characterisation works for Horizon Nuclear Power at the proposed Wylfa Newydd power station site on the Isle of Anglesey. The detailed works will be carried out during July and August and will help Horizon gaining a better understanding of the geological conditions offshore the proposed site.
Two jack-up barges from Fugro’s fleet are being used to conduct high quality geotechnical drilling and sampling operations on 36 borehole locations, in varying water depths. Taking place around 500 metres out to sea at Porth-y-Pistyll, and more than 800 metres from the Cemlyn Bay nature reserve, the work will support Horizon’s proposal to build its cooling water intake structure, marine offloading facility and breakwater. It will also allow Horizon to reduce the volume of road haulage by bringing in many of the bulk materials and large components needed during construction, by sea.
Charlie Tasker, Site Development Director at Horizon Nuclear Power, commented, “Although we’ll be working 24 hours a day, we’ll ensure the work doesn’t cause any inconvenience to local people or tourists by keeping lighting and noise to an absolute minimum.”