From February 2023 through to January 2024, EODEX were contracted directly by Dominion Energy, one of the largest US utility companies, to carry out UXO investigation, identification, and subsequent relocation, over the 2.6-Gigawatt Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind Project.
In order to carry out the work in such a tight timescale, we chartered the Subsea Responder and Subsea Responder II from Hydra Offshore, who are based in the Gulf of Mexico. As part of the overall spread offered by Hydra, they provided WROV from FilmOcean out of the UK, and the survey and positioning package from Sulmara out of the US.
EODEX investigated over 1550 targets in the 5 nominated areas and found over 245 cUXOs. These were a combination of air-dropped bombs, torpedoes, naval projectiles, buoyant mines, training mines and small-arms armaments. These will be relocated during 2024.
On completion of target investigation operations, we continued to work closely with the developer to preserve their construction project timeline by analysing which debris can be left in-situ, and which debris had to be relocated.
ALARP certification was issued by EODEX on completion of the target investigation and identification and final ALARP certificates allowing construction to commence will be issued on completion of cUXO and debris relocation.