First French offshore wind farm deal for PALFINGER
With a total of 71 fixed boom cranes, PALFINGER is going to play a vital part in one of France's major renewable energy projects – the Fécamp offshore wind farm. The estimated delivery of the first cranes is scheduled for May 2021.
Electricity for more than 770,000 people: this is just one of many ambitious goals of the initiators of the Fécamp offshore wind farm project. The required energy will be generated between 13 and 20+ km off the Normandy coast by 71 wind turbines.
To guarantee safe, smooth and fast lifting operations, PALFINGER was selected as the preferred supplier for 71 of its reliable PF14000-4.5 LDB fixed boom cranes. These will lift materials and tools from the supply vessel onto the laydown area of the transition deck during the installation and commissioning of the wind turbines. Furthermore, the cranes will be used during routine inspection and service work throughout the turbines' operational life. Apart from these cranes' low maintenance and service requirements, they can be operated even during emergency evacuations.
In addition to the 71 fixed boom davits, PALFINGER will deliver two PTM600-20m telescopic boom cranes to the offshore wind farm’s operations and maintenance (O&M) base for loading and unloading materials and equipment to and from Crew Transfer Vessels (CTVs).
PALFINGER's first French offshore wind project
"The Fécamp offshore wind farm project offered an opportunity that we couldn't let slip by. Winning this project has opened the door for PALFINGER to the French offshore wind market and significantly strengthens our footprint in the European offshore wind industry," Nikolaj Bæk Rosenkrantz, PALFINGER's Sales Manager Wind, points out. "Apart from that, this project has been an invaluable experience so far. We've been leading close dialogues, making full use of our synergies and working on solutions that will perfectly meet the customer's requirements," he adds.
Preparations for crane production and deliveries already underway
As soon as PALFINGER won the Fécamp bid, preparations for the deliveries of the cranes began. The first batch is estimated to be supplied in May 2021. The offshore wind farm itself is expected to commence operations in 2023.
The international mechanical engineering company PALFINGER is the world's leading provider of innovative crane and lifting solutions. As a global partner for pioneering and reliable deck equipment and lifesaving appliances, PALFINGER MARINE supplies high-quality products to fulfill standardized and customized demands. Supported worldwide by a network of experienced and skilled specialists, we provide flexible and efficient service solutions. Our portfolio gives a competitive edge for customers in the maritime and offshore industry.
ABOUT PALFINGER AG
PALFINGER is an international technology and mechanical engineering company and the world's leading producer and provider of innovative crane and lifting solutions. With around 12,700 employees (without contingent workers.), more than 30 manufacturing sites and a worldwide sales and service network of around 5,000 service points, PALFINGER creates added value from the challenges of its customers. PALFINGER is consistently continuing on its course as a provider of innovative, complete solutions that deliver increased efficiency and better operability, while leveraging the potential of digitalization along the entire production and value chain.
PALFINGER AG has been listed on the Vienna stock exchange since 1999, and in 2022 achieved record revenue of EUR 2.23 billion.