Granada Material Handling secures Hywind Tampen contract

In: Windfarms
Aker Solutions has awarded a contract to Manchester Company Granada Material Handling Ltd to design, manufacture, and commission 11 davit crane units for use on the Hywind Tampen floating wind project. Each of the Granada ‘Python’ crane units has been specifically designed for the offshore wind farm and the challenging marine environment in which it will operate. One ‘Python’ crane unit will be fitted to the Foundation platforms.

Mark Sidwell, Managing Director of Granada Material Handling Ltd, added: “We are extremely pleased to have been awarded another prestigious wind farm project. Securing this contract has been a real team effort by the Granada Renewable product and service division. The Hywind Tampen project is not only great news for Granada but also for our UK based supply chain. Granada   having supplied over 1300 offshore davits is the UK’s leading offshore wind farm davit crane supplier".

Granada Material Handling Ltd has been contracted to design, supply, third party certify and commission 11 individual crane units. Each Python crane unit measures approximately 4 metres in height and 4 metres in radius, and weighs approximately 2,000 kg. The maximum lifting capacity of 1,000 kg is needed to hoist the heavier serviceable components from the supply vessel to the laydown area on the platforms of the floating foundations.

The company is now looking to place orders and sub-contract specialist areas of work to other UK businesses, and will deliver the crane units over a six month period.

The development of the 88 MW
Hywind Tampen array is designed to reduce emissions from oil and gas production at the Snorre and Gullfaks fields. It is to consist of 11 wind turbines, with a total capacity of 88 MW, installed approximately 140 km from shore, at water depths of 260 to 300 metres.

Operated from Equinor’s offices in Bergen,
Hywind Tampen is scheduled for start-up at the end of 2022. It is expected to meet around 35% of the annual demand for electricity of the five platforms: Snorre A and B and Gullfaks A, B and C. In periods of strong winds, the percentage could be higher.

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