Nearshore survey updates

Skipjack Wind has begun nearshore survey work. Throughout the process, we’ll be making continuous updates to this section of the website. Here, you’ll find the survey timeline and the latest news and updates.

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In late February, Ørsted-contracted survey vessels started work around the Indian River Inlet and off the Delaware coast as part of research on a potential landfall location for the offshore cables to bring power onshore.

We have deployed two “jack-up” platform vessels, one of which utilizes vertical stabilizers that reach nearly 100 feet tall, along with a smaller vessel. These three vessels will work in and around Indian River Bay and off the coast of Delaware through the Spring.

Please note that the location of these vessels is not indicative of where a turbine will be – we are currently exploring several areas for viability.

Throughout the surveys, crews will monitor for protected species. Mariner briefings are provided in advance and on an ongoing basis throughout the survey period.

The surveys will take place on the seafloor and coastal terrain at 3R’s Beach near Matt’s Fish Camp, at Towers Beach near the Towers on Coastal Highway, and within the Indian River Inlet.

Survey timeline

Late February, 2022
Deployment of several small vessels to collect precise data of the area and sea floor using high resolution instruments.

Duration is expected to be approx. 8-10 weeks.

See an image of the small vessel

Late March, 2022
Deployment of three jack-up vessels employing advanced technologies and using environmental best practices.

Duration is expected to be approx. 8 weeks

See an image of the jack-up vessels

Next steps
Following these studies, we’ll review the data for optimal landfall location. After review, some or all of this information may eventually become part of Skipjack’s federal permitting application. That application will be reviewed by the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) along with numerous other federal and state agencies and departments.

This review process will include multiple opportunities for public engagement and comment. A final location for cable landfall and connection to the electric grid will be selected through this review process, with BOEM making the location selection.

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