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Atlantic Shores Offshore Wind (Atlantic Shores) has announced the launch of ocean survey operations within the Atlantic Shores lease area, in order to inform future turbine development. Survey operations encompass 183,000 acres located 8-20 miles off the New Jersey coast between Barnegat Light and Sea Isle City and are expected to conclude by the end of October, weather permitting.
The survey vessel Geosea will be utilised to characterise the seabed, collect samples and determine placement of data collection buoys, which will be deployed later this year to help measure wind, ocean and weather conditions. Coinciding with the launch of survey operations, Atlantic Shores also announces Kevin Wark as its Fisheries Liaison Officer to help better communicate and collaborate with the recreational and commercial fishing industries as the project progresses. Atlantic Shores intends to bid into the next New Jersey offshore wind solicitation. The lease area held by Atlantic Shores has the potential to supply up to 2,500MW.
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