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Hercules primed for Aberdeen lift

Giant floating crane in Peterhead to install foundations at 92.4MW projects

Hercules primed for Aberdeen lift image

Boskalis’ Asian Hercules 3 giant floating crane has arrived in the port of Peterhead ahead of foundation installation at Vattenfall’s 92.4MW Aberdeen Bay offshore wind farm off the coast of Scotland.

The 25,000-tonne crane will be used to transport and install the 77-metre-high, 1800-tonne steel suction bucket jacket foundations.

Asian Hercules 3 has a lifting capacity of up to 5000 tonnes and a hook height of at least 120 metres.

Two barges will transport the foundations to Peterhead from Newcastle for marshalling, while the harbour will also accommodate a construction support vessel and barge tugs.

Smulders is assembling the suction bucket jacket foundations at its Wallsend yard in Newcastle.

The jackets will support 11 MHI Vestas V164-8.4MW turbines.

First power is expected to be generated by the project, which is also known as the European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre (EOWDC), next year.

Vattenfall project director for Aberdeen Bay Adam Ezzamel said: “The size of the Asian Hercules 3 offers a glimpse of the scale of the engineering behind the EOWDC.”

Image: EOWDC

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