Ocean Infinity, a company specializing in the use of robotic technology for marine operations, has announced a significant contract with Equinor Wind US LLC for the development of a floating offshore windfarm on the US West Coast. This agreement highlights Ocean Infinity’s position as a leader in innovative survey solutions and demonstrates its commitment to advancing sustainable energy initiatives.
As part of the contract, Ocean Infinity will conduct a comprehensive site investigation survey using multiple Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUVs) for Equinor’s floating offshore wind lease area. The US West Coast’s deep water topography presents a challenging environment, and AUVs provide an ideal solution to collect high-quality data efficiently and safely in water depths ranging from 974 to 1317 meters.
The project is scheduled to commence in February 2024 and represents a significant advancement in the nation’s renewable energy landscape. The survey scope includes various offshore surveys that are crucial for Equinor’s design basis, Site Assessment Plan (SAP), and Construction and Operations Plan (COP) for the lease area. Ocean Infinity’s high-quality data sets will inform decision-making and meticulous planning for the construction and operational phases of the windfarm.
The Morro Bay project is a milestone for Ocean Infinity, as it aligns with the company’s vision of using robotics on a large scale to collect data more efficiently and with reduced environmental impact. CEO Oliver Plunkett emphasizes the importance of partnering with clients like Equinor, who share the company’s vision and recognize the benefits of using innovative technology to drive the energy transition.
Ocean Infinity’s fleet of globally located uncrewed vessels and extensive AUV capability positions the company to support the growth of offshore renewable energy in the US and worldwide.
Sources: Ocean Infinity
- Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUVs): Unmanned vehicles designed to perform underwater tasks such as data collection or inspection.
- SAP: Site Assessment Plan, a document that evaluates the suitability of a site for a specific project.
- COP: Construction and Operations Plan, a document that outlines the construction and operational details of a project.