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Sabloal Valea Dacilor Wind Farm


The Sabloal Wind Farm is currently planned to be one of the largest on-shore wind farms in South-East Europe. A total number of 105 wind turbines will deliver more than 200 MW power. Spanning over an area of about 20 x 10 km with very favorable wind conditions but also challenging geological conditions, the project is a technical and logistical assignment.

FUGRO was asked by ARCADIS, consultant to RWE and responsible for the overall geotechnical site investigation and foundation recommendations, to assist with technical support including cone penetration testing and in-situ testing. This is relevant for the design of the wind turbine foundations and associated infrastructure. The dimensions and heights of the turbines have grown over the past years. Consequently, the requirements for soil investigations have changed. This includes the requirement for investigations to greater depths as well as in-situ determination of dynamic soil properties (P & S – wave velocity, G and E – modulus, Poisson ratio). In Romania, this is even more important due to the known seismic activities in the region. Besides the proposed 105 wind turbines, the subsoil conditions for the associated infrastructure including over 150 km of roads, more than 300 km cables routes, 13 bridges and substations had to be investigated.