The Dutch crane specialist Huisman has signed a letter of intent with Wergeland and PSW from Norway for the delivery of its Skyhook quay crane in the Norwegian industrial port of Gulen.
The crane – the world’s largest slewing jib quayside crane – will be used in Gulen Industrial Harbor, the base of Wergeland and near the PSW Group in Mongstad, and offers the additional potential for both decommissioning work and for equipping the next generation of deep water Semi-submersible boats in the 100 meter wide dock of the harbor.
The regular configuration of the Skyhook crane has a lifting capacity of 2,600 m and a high-lift mode with a super boom, which also enables the assembly of the offshore wind turbines of today and tomorrow.
According to a press release released earlier this week, the port’s location in western Norway adds to both offshore wind ambitions in Norway and ongoing oil and gas developments on the Norwegian continental shelf.
“With the installation of 11 8 MW Siemens Gamesa turbines for Norway’s first floating wind farm ‘Hywind Tampen’, Wergeland will show that the industrial port of Gulen has the potential to become the most important installation site for Norwegian offshore wind projects,” says the Press release.
Trygve Wergeland, CEO of Wergeland Base AS: “Wergeland has the ambition to become the main assembly location for the growing offshore wind industry. During our preparatory work for ‘Hywind rope’ [floating wind farm]We saw some of the challenges associated with the logistics and assembly of large offshore wind turbines. By building a crane capacity like the one we are planning with Huisman and PSW, we will contribute to cost reduction and efficient logistics for customers in the coming years. With this crane capacity and the dry dock currently under construction, we can offer a complete service portfolio together with PSW. ”
Huisman recently lifted several 1,700-meter monopiles for a local wind farm with its Skyhook crane at its facility near Xiamen, PR China. With this elevator, Huisman demonstrated that the Skyhook is suitable for erecting wind turbine foundations as well as turbine components, the company said.
David Roodenburg, Huisman’s CEO: “We are proud to partner with Wergeland and PSW to bring Europe’s largest functional quay crane to the west coast of Norway.
As Norway is focused on combining its decades of offshore expertise with today’s drive for clean energy, Huisman sees the installation of the proven Skyhook crane as the main driver to further increase logistical efficiency for the Norwegian offshore industry. ”