Granada Material Handling has received three new major orders 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 2 more 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 that was awarded last year.

The wind turbine platform cranes, which were 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 supply, including on-site commissioning at Smulders’ facility in Hoboken.

The davit cranes with converter platform 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

With 3.6 GW, the Dogger Bank wind farm will be the world’s largest offshore wind farm.

It is developed in three phases known as Dogger Bank A, B, and C.

Dogger Bank C is a joint venture between SSE Renewables (50%) and Equinor (50%), while Dogger Bank A and B are owned by SSE Renewables (40%), Equinor (40%) and Eni (20%).

When all three phases are completed in 2026, the wind farm will provide 6 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.

Granada Managing Director Mark Sidwell said: “These contracts with the 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 competence 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 do more business for our own suppliers and subcontractors.

The UK is a leader in green technology with its know-how, technical skills and ability to make a significant contribution to this important part of the economy.

“We at Granada are excited to be doing our part to grow this sector and look forward to working with our supply chain partners and the Dogger Bank team as we continue to deliver and contribute to the world’s largest offshore wind farm.”

Steve Wilson, Dogger Bank Wind Farm Project Manager, said: “We are pleased to confirm that another UK-based company has been selected to help build the world’s largest offshore wind farm.

Granada’s python davit crane is specially designed for the layout of the working platform of the Dogger Bank wind farm, which will install foundations that will be among the largest ever used for offshore wind power.

“Its unique design enables safe and efficient maintenance and safe operation as well as the high technical requirements of a project of this size.”