Swedish energy company, Vattenfall is developing European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre (EOWDC), off Aberdeen Bay. This is one of the world’s largest floating cranes to be executed by the Peterhead Port Authority. Peterhead Port Authority was awarded the contract by Boskalis – the company that is Vattenfall’s key supplier for the construction and installation of offshore including laying the foundation and cabling.
Peterhead Port Authority is gearing up to support commencing of construction work for EOWDC. Prior to this Peterhead Port Authority signed an agreement to foster the 11-turbine scheme.
Peterhead Port Authority to Support Ancillary Elements for Project
As a result of the contract, the port will provide anchorage to one of the largest floating cranes in the world. These floating cranes feature a maximum lifting capacity of 5,000 tonnes, and up to six barges for transporting the 11 foundations – of which the heaviest weighs around 1,800 tonnes and is about 77 metres in height.
In addition, Peterhead Port Authority will also be accommodating two offshore construction vessels to be used for support purpose. The project site office is also part of the project to be established at the harbor for installation of operations that are due to commence later in the year.
As stated by a senior Vattefall’s executive for EOWDC, the selection of Peterhead Port Authority is considered a gainful move noting the experience of the enterprise. Peterhead Port Authority has extensive experience for marshalling massive steel structures required for the cutting-edge EOWDC. The prominence and scale of the pioneering technology involved for EOWDC is expected to bring about positive renewable momentum for the region.