Mammoet performed load-out of Spain’s first grid-connected floating wind turbine

The load-out of the Saitec-manufactured DemoSATH floating unit took place in the Port of Bilbao, over the course of three hours. Mammoet was contracted by Noatum Logistics, Saitec’s subcontractor, to transport and load-out the ‘floater’ prototype while fitted with a 2MW wind turbine.

Mammoet was involved from the start of the project to brainstorm jacking, transport and load-out solutions, making sure the transport and support vessel would stay sufficiently high in the water during the launch. The floater was transported on SPMTs from the manufacturer to the quay. Coordination was needed to match specialist seagoing vessel contractor availability with suitable tides and weather. The loadout took two operations over one tide, so the barge was at the correct level to load out the floater onto it, and offload the SPMT back onto the quay.

Mammoet Spain Sales Manager, Javier De Pablo Arenzana, stated: “This type of project is where Mammoet’s experience and heavy lifting and transport capabilities come into their own. (…) We are well-placed to support the growth of the offshore wind sector in Spain and around the world. As a company, we are committed to sustainable solutions and are proud to be facilitating the energy transition.” In the past, Mammoet completed the load-out of five floating wind platforms at the for Kincardine OWF, also in Spain, WindFloat and the ELISA project.

The prototype is part of a floating offshore wind pilot project aiming to prove the viability of large-scale OWFs in deep waters. RWE Renewables, DemoSATH’s partner, wants to have one gigawatt of floating wind capacity in construction or operation by 2030. Floating wind will also play a part in the Spanish government’s plan to have 160GW of renewable capacity by 2030.

Author: Emma Dailey

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