Gap Explosive Ordnance Detection (EOD) invented the technology for Dutch dredging giant Boskalis to find the unexploded munitions from WWII in the Borssele Wind Farm Zone in the North Sea.
The project is part of a multi-million dollar deal between the geo-intelligence company Fugro and Boskalis for the Dutch transmissions systems operator TenneT.
It includes survey work involving underwater cables for the planned grid connection between offshore platforms and a substation on the Dutch coastline.
“The team will be delivering the technology in October,” said Dr Stephen Billings, director of Gap EOD.
“We’re no stranger to marine projects, having previously undertaken similar jobs over the past several years, including a major project with Boskalis Westminster in Portsmouth Harbour in the UK.”
“Gap EOD is the only company in the world with the technology capable of deep underwater detection of sophisticated aluminium sea-mines,” said Dr Billings.
“Using our UltraTEM system, which employs sensors to detect buried metal, we can scan deep subsea levels”.
The new project follows several successful contracts undertaken by Gap EOD, including redevelopment work in Germany for WWI munitions and in Laos, where 80 million unexploded bombs remain as a legacy of the Vietnam War.