Demag Cranes receives order for 164 rope hoists for Welsh windfarm
Düsseldorf, 23. August 2011
- Electric rope hoists supplied to Granada Material Handling for offshore foundation crane systems
- Renewable energy project in Wales – Gwynt y Môr offshore windfarm
Demag Cranes has won an order from Granada Material Handling Ltd to supply 164 electric rope hoists for a renewable energy project – the new Gwynt y Môr offshore windfarm in Wales. The order comes in the wake of a contract, awarded to Granada by RWE npower renewables, to design, supply, certify, deliver, test and commission crane systems for the new Gwynt y Môr offshore windfarm.
Granada has incorporated the Demag hoist within its specially designed “Python” crane system, which will be mounted on the foundation platform of wind turbines and each of two substations in the offshore windfarm. The “Python” units have been developed for off-loading heavy service components from supply vessels to the laydown areas of the offshore structures. The driving factors in the development of the crane units have been health & safety, functionality and ease of use for operators.
Thomas H. Hagen, Member of the Management Board of Demag Cranes AG and COO commented: “With the solutions and products of our two strong brands, Demag and Gottwald, we support both the offshore and onshore wind turbine industries throughout the lifetime of their power generation equipment. Our products are in daily use during the manufacture of the turbine components, in loading and unloading vessels with our Harbour Cranes and are essential as lifting equipment on-board the turbines, which includes the rope hoists now ordered by Granada.”
Mark Sidwell, Director of Granada, stated: “We have had previous happy experience of working with Demag Cranes on similar offshore windfarm projects. We have worked closely with Demag Cranes in the development of a material handling solution, which meets the specific requirements of the Gwynt y Môr project. The company’s depth of technical expertise has complemented the skills of our own renewable product and service division.”
Gwynt y Môr offshore windfarm is being constructed in the Irish Sea, 18 km off the north Wales coast, in water depths of 12 to 28 m. The development will comprise 160 wind turbines and two substations, making it one of the largest European windfarms currently under construction. Turbine foundation installation is scheduled for the fourth quarter of 2011, with the first power generation likely to take place during 2013. It is anticipated that the windfarm will be fully operational towards the end of 2014, when it will be able to generate approx. 1,950 GWh of electricity per year, which is sufficient to supply approximately 400,000 homes in the UK with power.
The 1.3 tonne SWL Demag FDR-Pro 5 electric rope hoists have been designed to meet the requirements of the offshore application and incorporate a range of features. Hoist stability, slow lifting speeds for precision handling, fast lifting speeds for load take-off and a 24-metre height of lift ensure precise hook positioning for simple and safe unloading of supply vessels, even in rough sea conditions. The hoists feature IP65 rated enclosures and an offshore specification C5M paint finish to withstand the ingress of water and salt in the arduous marine environment.
About Demag Cranes
The Demag Cranes Group is one of the world’s leading suppliers of industrial cranes and crane components, harbour cranes and terminal automation technology. Services, in particular maintenance and refurbishment, are another key element of the Group’s business activities. The Group is divided into the business segments Industrial Cranes, Port Technology and Services and has strong and well-established Demag and Gottwald brands. Demag Cranes sees its core competence in the development and construction of technically sophisticated cranes and hoists as well as automated transport and logistics systems in ports and terminals, the provision of services for these products and the manufacture of high-quality components.
As a global supplier, Demag Cranes manufactures in 16 countries on five continents and operates a worldwide sales and service network that is present in over 60 countries through its subsidiaries such as Demag Cranes & Components GmbH and Gottwald Port Technology GmbH, agencies and a joint venture. In financial year 2009/2010, the Group, with its 5,711 employees, generated revenue of EUR 931.3 million. Since the end of June 2006, the Demag Cranes share (WKN: DCAG01) has been listed in the Prime Standard of the Frankfurt Stock Exchange and is traded on various indices including the MDAX®.
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