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Environmental surveys scrutinise energy site offshore Namibia

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Sediment sample testing in Fugro laboratory. Image credit: Fugro

Environmental surveys scrutinise energy site offshore Namibia 

Extensive environmental and geophysical surveys offshore Namibia have been conducted on a remote site which is key to future energy operations in the region.   

Portuguese energy corporation Galp awarded multinational company Fugro a contract to conduct an environmental and geophysical survey offshore Namibia.

Fugro is a Dutch public company headquartered in Leidschendam in the Netherlands. The company is focused on geotechnical, survey and geoscience services, and is listed on Euronext Amsterdam.

Furgo started as a land-based business, surveying and conducting soil analyses. The firm subsequently expanded into marine operations to service clients involved in offshore oil and gas production and developed advanced undersea sonar and robotics.

According to Rob Hawkins, Fugro’s Commercial Director for Africa, the site offshore Namibia is known for its remote location, challenging conditions and ultra-deep water.

“Nevertheless, this site is key to future energy operations in the region,” says Hawkins.

“Fugro’s advanced technology and expertise in marine geophysical and environmental surveys ensured efficient and accurate data collection, enabling Galp to make informed decisions for safe energy operations in the region,” adds Hawkins.

Collecting samples for analysis (Environmental surveys scrutinise energy site offshore Namibia)

With fieldwork completed earlier this month, the survey reached depths of more than 2000m. The Fugro Venturer, a geophysical vessel, collected sediment samples for environmental and chemical analysis before an autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) captured seabed video footage.

Additionally, Fugro acquired in situ full ocean depth water profiles and water samples to measure the current biodiversity. The Geo-data collected through this survey will support the identification of potentially sensitive habitats, advance knowledge of remote seamounts, and contribute to informed project planning and resource management.

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Insights into underwater landscape (Environmental surveys scrutinise energy site offshore Namibia)

Furthermore, the geophysical survey will provide insights into the underwater landscape, ensuring the safe movement and operation of offshore assets within the designated area.

“Our expertise in deep-water surveying and identifying protected habitats supports sustainable and efficient offshore energy developments while minimising negative impacts on the marine environment. Fugro remains committed to the preservation of the environment, and this survey is an essential step towards achieving this goal,” says Hawkins.

Environmental surveys scrutinise energy site offshore Namibia

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