The internationally operating Schmidbauer Group, an expert for heavy-lifting equipment, was awarded by Van Oord Offshore Wind Projects to handle the heavy load logistics for the world’s largest offshore wind park Walney Extension in the UK.
Schmidbauer will unload, store and transport the transition pieces weighing up to 600 t and monopiles up to 1.030 t at the feeder harbor in Belfast. Here, parts of in total 87 wind turbines are stored which will be taken by tugboat or installation vessel to the offshore wind farm.
Schmidbauer is primarily using the Liebherr LR 11350 (1.350 t capacity) and LR 1350 (350 t capacity) crawler cranes. In addition, 56 SPMT axels are on site to move the MP’s with 8,40 m diameter and 80 m length throughout the port.
The Dutch company Van Oord Offshore Wind Projects b.v. awarded Schmidbauer the contract as previous working experiences for offshore projects e.g. Butendiek and Gemini had proven the reliable partnership on large scale operations. Already in 2016, the Munich based family company Schmidbauer transported the heaviest monopiles for the Veja Mate project weighing 1.300 t.
Walney Extension, operated by DONG Energy, is the biggest offshore wind park with approx. 650 MW within 145 km². Therefore, once operating as planned in 2018, every year the farm could produce sufficient energy for approx. 460.000 households.
Silke Funke / Schmidbauer