14 Mar 2023
Ocergie SAS, announced that its pilot OCG-Data Blue Oracle (Buoy with Lidar and Underwater Equipment for Ocean Resource Assessment and Characterisation of Life in the Environment), is now anchored 30km offshore Leucate in the Occitanie region in 95m water depth: in one of the pre-selected zones of the Mediterranean Floating Wind Tender (AO6). The buoy data acquisition system is fully operational and high resolution metocean and bio-diversity data is already being acquired.
Ocergy, which leads the project partly sponsored by ADEME (French Environment and Energy Management Agency), is joined by strategic partners Skyborn Renewables, Tachysséma Développement, University of Perpignan CREM andSens of Life playing key roles in the project. In addition, the scientific committee composed of CRPMEM, Ecocean, Ocean Winds, Semantic-T.S., Chorus, and Bureau Veritas has provided important input to the project.
Ocergy is deeply thankful to the project major suppliers, including Brodosplit for the buoy fabrication, Jifmar for the offshore installation and Vryhof for the anchor and mooring supply. The buoy is fitted with TP Product structural compact flanges, and a Vaisala Windcube lidar. The buoy was assembled at Euroports Marine Renewable Energy terminal in Port-la-Nouvelle.
Christian Cermelli, President of Ocergie SAS, said: "This key milestone closes the first year of the project, and the scientific teams are excited to embark in the data acquisition and analysis year-long phase, which is expected to provide valuable biodiversity and environmental information. In addition, this buoy serves as a one-third scale pilot of our OCG-Wind Floating Offshore Wind foundation with important return on experience expected to further mature our FOW design."
"This project is being supported by ADEME in the framework of the Program of investments for the future."
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