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Netherlands-Based Fugro Expands Norfolk, Virginia, Operations

Netherlands-based Fugro, the world’s leading geo data specialist, will expand its Americas Center of Expertise for Offshore Wind in Norfolk, Virginia. The project is expected to create 15 jobs.

The company’s Virginia operations have grown considerably over the past decade, in line with the boom in offshore wind projects on the U.S. East Coast, according to state officials.

“Norfolk has consistently proven an ideal location for us to foster and expand our expertise in this important market,” said Céline Gerson, Fugro's Group Director of the Americas and President of Fugro USA. “We are thrilled to continue our growth here, benefiting from the city's strategic central position on the East Coast, favorable business climate, and access to the nation's top maritime talent.”

Founded in 1962 and headquartered in the Netherlands, Fugro provides critical information about seafloor and environmental conditions to guide safe and efficient project planning, design, and construction activities. The company employs around 10,000 professionals working across 57 countries.

“As the Commonwealth’s economy grows, our energy needs will also evolve. Fugro’s work with offshore wind projects to meet the future power generation needs of businesses and citizens in Virginia and beyond is vital,” noted Secretary of Commerce and Trade Caren Merrick. “We are excited the company will be able to tap into the region’s robust maritime workforce to fill its new roles, and thank Fugro for again investing in the City of Norfolk.”

“For the past three years, the Hampton Roads Alliance has been working with Fugro and its local team to support the growth of the emerging offshore wind industry in our region,” adde Douglas L. Smith, President & CEO, Hampton Roads Alliance. “I am thrilled to see Fugro expanding in our region and continuing its commitment to the City of Norfolk. This business decision sends a strong message to the industry that Hampton Roads is an ideal location for the alternative energy industry cluster.”

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