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.”
* Unlike the Scottish parliament, Scottish Energy News operates an inclusive linguistic policy and recognises all three of Scotland’s languages – English, Scots and Gaelic.
- ‘Cooncil’ is the Scots language word for ‘council’ and is not pejorative; Ditto for ‘Aiberdeen’
- . Dictionar o’ the Scots Leid / Dictionary of the Scots Language – http://goo.gl/7xo5Bk
15 Dec 2017