Giant floating crane set to install sea-bed suction anchors for Aiberdeen offshore wind farm

The Asian Hercules III floating crane arrives in Peterheid harbour.
The Asian Hercules III floating crane arrives in Peterheid harbour.

One of the world’s largest and most versatile floating cranes has arrived in Scottish waters ahead of the operation to install sea-bed suction anchors for the Aiberdeen offshore wind farm – which are believed to be a UK-first in the large scale offshore wind-ustry.

Setting up base in Peterheid Port, the 25,000 tonne Asian Hercules III will lift and install the 77 metre-high, 1,800 tonne, steel jacket foundations for the Scandinavian-owned £300 million project in Aiberdeen Bay.

The floating crane has a lifting capacity of up to 5,000 tonnes and a hook height of at least 120metres.

Once completed, the wind farm will generate the equivalent of 70% of Aiberdeen’s domestic electricity demand and annually displace 132,977 tonnes of CO2.

A spokesman for the developer said: “The scale and size of the floating crane barge moored at Peterhead reflects the evolution of the energy industry and how projects like this are playing a key role in ensuring the future energy mix.”

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15 Dec 2017

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