Granada Material Handling has secured three new contracts from Dogger Bank Tier 1 suppliers.
Smulders will see 95 Granada cranes installed on the first phase of the wind farm, 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.
In addition, there are further two units for the Dogger Bank B converter platform, and it builds on Granada’s previous contract with Aibel, for the Dogger Bank A converter platform davit cranes, awarded last year.
In total, 194 Granada cranes will be installed on the Dogger Bank A and the Dogger Bank B.
The wind turbine platform cranes, specifically designed for Dogger Bank Wind Farm, 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 in Belgium.
Similarly, the converter 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
”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,” 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 per cent) and Equinor (50 per cent), while Dogger Bank A and B are owned by SSE Renewables (40per cent), Equinor (40 per cent), and Eni (20 per cent).
When all three phases are completed in 2026 the wind farm will provide enough renewable energy for six million UK households.
The number of UK jobs that will be created to support the delivery and operation of Dogger Bank Wind Farm so far is approaching 3,000.
”We’re delighted to confirm another UK-based company has been selected to support the construction of the world’s biggest offshore windfarm,” Dogger Bank Wind Farm Project Director, Steve Wilson, said.
”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.”