Granada secures to deliver Dogger Bank cranes

Granada Material Handling has secured three contracts from Dogger bank Tier 1 suppliers for the delivery of cranes at the offshore wind project.

A contract with Smulders will see 95 Granada cranes installed on
Dogger Bank A, and 95 Cranes installed on the second phase of the wind farm, Dogger Bank B. One crane will be installed on each wind turbine platform. A further two units have been commissioned for the Dogger Bank B convertor platform. This follows Granada’s previous contract with Aibel, for the Dogger Bank A convertor platform davit cranes, awarded last year.

The wind Turbine Platform cranes, specifically designed for Dogger Bank, will have a capacity of 1.2te and a radius of 2,750mm. Granada has been contracted for design, manufacture, and delivery, including on-site commissioning with Smulders at their Hoboken facility. Similarly, the convertor platform davit cranes for Aibel also have a capacity of 1.2te and a larger radius of 5,000mm, these will also be delivered and include on site commissioning. Delivery of the first batch of cranes will commence later this year and the project will run into the middle of 2023.

Mark Sidwell, Managing Director at Granada, commented on this latest project: “These contracts with the Dogger bank Supply Chain is clearly very good news for Granada as a company and also for all our staff, as a recognition of their expertise and commitment.  More broadly, it is a significant achievement for the UK wind farm sector and supply chain, generally.  It allows GMH to bring more business to our own suppliers and subcontractors.  

"The UK is at the cutting-edge of green technology with the know-how, the engineering capability and the capacity to make significant contribution to this vital part of the economy.  We at Granada are delighted to be playing our part in growing this sector and we look forward to working with our supply chain partners and with the Dogger Bank team as we continue to deliver on and contribute to the world’s largest offshore wind farm.”

Dogger Bank Wind Farm Project Director Steve Wilson said: “We’re delighted to confirm another UK-based company has been selected to support the construction of the world’s biggest offshore windfarm.

“Granada’s Python Davit crane has been specifically designed to suit the work platform layout of Dogger Bank Wind Farm, which will install foundations that are among the largest ever used in offshore wind.

“Its unique design will lend itself to safe and efficient maintenance and operation, as well as meeting the demanding technical requirements of a project on this scale.”

The 3.6 GW Dogger Bank Wind Farm, which is being delivered in the North Sea in three 1.2 GW phases, is set to be the world’s largest offshore wind farm when complete. The first two phases,
Dogger Bank A and Dogger Bank B, each feature 95 units of 13 MW turbines. These are a joint venture between Equinor (40%), SSE Renewables (40%) and Eni (20%). The third phase, Dogger Bank C, is being developed on a different timescale and is owned by SSE Renewables (50%) and Equinor (50%).

The project partners reached financial close on the first two phases,
Dogger Bank A and Dogger Bank B, at the beginning of December. The Dogger Bank C financial decision is expected to come in late 2021. The projects will be capable of powering up to 4.5 UK million homes each year when complete in 2026. Each project is expected to generate around 6 TWh of electricity annually.

SSE Renewables is leading the development and construction phases of Dogger Bank Wind Farm, and Equinor will lead on operations for its lifetime of up to 35 years.

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