Granada Material Handling has secured three new contracts from Tier 1 suppliers to Dogger Bank.
Smulders will install 95 Granada cranes in the first phase of the wind farm, Dogger Bank A, and 95 cranes to be installed in the second phase of the wind farm, Dogger Bank B. A crane is installed on each wind turbine platform.
There are also two additional units for the Dogger Bank B converter platform, building on Granada’s previous contract with Aibel for the Dogger Bank A converter platform davit cranes awarded last year.
A total of 194 Granada cranes will be installed on Dogger Bank A and Dogger Bank B.
The wind turbine platform cranes specially developed for the Dogger Bank wind farm will have a capacity of 1.2 t and a radius of 2,750 mm.
Granada was contracted to design, manufacture and deliver, including on-site commissioning at Smulders’ facility in Hoboken, Belgium.
The davit cranes for converter platforms for Aibel also have a capacity of 1.2 t and a larger radius of 5,000 mm; these are also supplied and include on-site commissioning.
The delivery of the first crane batches will begin this year and the project will run until mid-2023
“These contracts with Dogger Bank Supply Chain are clearly very good news for Granada as a company and also for all of our employees, in recognition of their know-how and commitment. In general, this is a major achievement for the UK wind farm sector and the supply chain in general. It enables GMH to create more business for our own suppliers and subcontractors. ” Mark Sidwell, Managing Director at Granada, said.
The 3.6 GW Dogger Bank is the world’s largest offshore wind farm. It is being developed in three 1.2 GW phases known as Dogger Bank A, B, and C. Dogger Bank C is a joint venture between SSE Renewables (50 percent) and Equinor (50 percent), while Dogger Bank A and B are owned by SSE Renewables (40 percent), Equinor (40 percent) and Eni (20 percent).
When all three phases are completed in 2026, the wind farm will provide six million UK households with sufficient renewable energy.
The number of UK jobs being created to support the supply and operation of the Dogger Bank wind farm is so far approaching 3,000.
“We are pleased to announce that another UK-based company has been selected to help build the world’s largest offshore wind farm,” said Dogger Bank Wind Farm Project Director, Steve Wilsonsaid.
“The Granada Python davit crane was specifically designed to lay out the working platform of the Dogger Bank wind farm, which will install foundations that will be among the largest ever used in offshore wind energy. Its unique design is suitable for safe and efficient maintenance and safe operation and meets the demanding technical requirements of a project of this size. “