Specifically, the participants will deploy two acoustic buoys designed to provide near real-time monitoring of species such as the sei whale, fin whale, humpback whale, and the highly endangered North Atlantic right whale.
The buoys will assist marine conservation scientists to get a better insight into whale species that spend time in and migrate through the waters off the coasts of New York and New Jersey.
In addition, the data will be a major factor concerning the ecologically sound decisions for potential development within Equinor’s offshore wind lease site.
Christer af Geijerstam, President, Equinor Wind US commented that
The offshore wind industry has a logical role to play as a partner to marine biologists and others interested in better understanding and preserving the health of our oceans. This project will also help make Equinor better stewards of this lease site by providing data that informs our operational decision-making well into the future.
Also, Equinor issued a bid to develop an offshore wind farm at its Empire Wind lease site located between 14 and 35 miles south of Long Island in the New York Bight. The site has a potential capacity of up to 2GW of renewable power.
Concluding, the company is to also develop an additional project in the lease area called Boardwalk Wind geared to New Jersey, and submitted a bid in response to that state’s offshore wind solicitation in December 2018.