Mammoet participates in constructing the world’s first floating wind farm

The company says it found an way that would only require a 1,100 ton crane, allowing us it do the job more efficiently.

Mammoet recently completed the assembly of the first five test turbines that will be used at Hywind Scotland Pilot Park, the world’s first floating wind farm situated at Buchan Deep, 25 kilometers off the east coast of Scotland. The turbines were assembled at the NorSea Group’s Stordbase yard at Stord, Norway. Mammoet was contracted by NorSea Group AS for the lifting and transport operations conducted onshore at the yard.

Expertise in turbine assembly

Apart from the lifting and transport activities needed to assemble the five turbines, Mammoet was also hired for their specific turbine assembly expertise, says Mammoet’s Project Manager Tom Braakman. “We were responsible for the engineering drawings and the transport drawings, and provided NorSea Group with advice on lifting strategies and planning, resulting in a smooth assembly.”

Lifting more efficiently

Through this advisory role, Mammoet was able to make a significant difference, Director Project Sales Europe Tom Rutgrink adds. “Initial estimates showed that the client would need a 1,350-ton crawler crane to lift the components. Based on our expertise we were able to come up with an approach that would only require a 1,100-ton crane, allowing us to do the job much more efficiently.”

Each of the 6 MW wind turbines was shipped to Stord in nine separate components.

 

Assembly

Each of the 6 MW wind turbines had been shipped to Stord in 9 separate components. At the yard, Mammoet assembled them using an LR 11000 crawler crane as main crane and 24 axle lines of SPMTs. When the assembly and outfitting were completed, a Crane Vessel transported the 1150 ton assembled turbines to the floating foundation in the fjord. After the turbines have been installed on the foundations and finally prepared, they will be towed across the North Sea to their final destination.

Hywind
The Hywind Scotland Pilot Park is a 30 MW wind turbine farm anchored 25 kilometers off the coast of Scotland. The park will stretch over approximately four square kilometers, in water from 95 to 120-meters deep.

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