TGS has commenced its latest multiclient wind measurement campaign using two laser imaging, detection and ranging (LIDAR) buoys in the North Sea, according to a May 7 press release.

Located offshore Germany, the buoys are equipped with sensors to receive detailed wind measurements, metaocean and environmental data, TGS said.

The buoys, supplied by offshore servicer Green Rebel, will deliver wind data over a 24-month measurement campaign. The data package includes 12 months of metaocean data acquired by directional wave rider buoys and seabed-mounted acoustic doppler current profilers, TGS said.

The data is then streamed onshore and used to support current and future decision making in wind lease rounds in the German Bright.

TGS said its multiclient approach — where multiple customers can subscribe to the same floating LIDAR data — is an advantage for offshore wind developers.

The approach is said to reduce development costs and timelines and provide a “unique and early” opportunity to minimize future energy generation uncertainty and risks.

“Early access to essential wind and metocean data significantly mitigates investment risks, empowers informed decisions and ensures smooth project implementation across the wind development lifecycle,” said Kristian Johansen, CEO of TGS.  

Johansen said the deployment of the multiclient allows the company to boast eight offshore LIDAR campaigns to concurrently collect wind data.

All projects are supported by offshore wind industry funding, TGS said.