One of the world’s largest floating cranes, the Asian Hercules III, has arrived in Scotland to participate in the construction of Swedish power company Vattenfall’s pioneering European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre.
Today is my last working day of the year, and to celebrate I get to tell you all about the massive Asian Hercules III floating crane which arrived in Peterhead Port, Aberdeen, Scotland, on Thursday to participate in Vattenfall’s European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre (EOWDC). The EOWDC is Scotland’s largest offshore wind test and demonstration facility and is being developed by Vattenfall-owned Aberdeen Offshore Wind Farm Limited. It is also setting itself up as one of the world’s leading such facilities.
But we’ve covered that a lot already, so let’s go look at the beautiful beast that is the Asian Hercules III.
“The size of the Asian Hercules III offers a glimpse of the scale of the engineering behind the EOWDC,” said Adam Ezzamel, EOWDC project director for Vattenfall.
“We hope that the technology on display will be an inspiration to young people considering a career in science, technology, engineering and maths.
“Low carbon power is about their future. By testing and demonstrating pioneering technology, the EOWDC will support the growth of a low-cost, fossil-free offshore wind industry which is set to be the backbone of the UK power sector.”
The Asian Hercules III has a lifting capacity of 5,000 tonnes and a hook height of at least 120 meters. The crane will be used to transport the wind turbine jacket structures from Peterhead Port to the eventual location of the European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre in Aberdeen Bay.
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