Offshore Wind Power
In October 2012 Cammell Laird announced a £10m investment in infrastructure upgrades, to strengthen its services to the offshore wind farm sector.
The £10m investment formed part of an agreement the company signed with Gwynt y Môr Offshore Wind Farm Limited and entailed the use of Cammell Laird as a base port for the construction of the Gwynt y Môr wind farm in the Irish Sea, operational since 18 June 2015. The port area covers around 14 hectares 32 acres and includes a quay of 230 metres; here, the foundations for 160 wind turbines have be preassembled, loaded and shipped to the 576-megawatt wind farm in Liverpool Bay, located around 18 kilometres off the Welsh coast.
Gwynt y Môr is a shared investment between RWE Innogy, Stadtwerke München GmbH and Siemens, and is the fifth largest operating offshore windfarm in the world.
RWE has built the Gwynt y Môr wind farm using, amongst other vessels, its own offshore installation vessel: the Friedrich Ernestine, which arrived at Cammell Laird in August 2012 to begin mobilization work.
As part of the strengthening of its infrastructure, Cammell Laird was able to build a new crew transfer pontoon, which allows the handling of vessels, heavy equipment and crew from one central easily accessible location.
The new infrastructure works together with the pre-existing fabrication and assembly facilities, to offer the wind energy sector the complete engineering solution from one location, including the fabrication of monopiles and transition pieces, which can then be processed and despatched from the site.
Cammell Laird’s facilities include one of the biggest heavy engineering module construction halls in Europe, with a height of 16000m2 45m and 400t craneage capacity; in addition to a heavy load out quay able to handle weights of up to 5,000 tonnes.