In a significant milestone for the renewable energy sector, Mammoet, a global leader in heavy lifting and transport solutions, has been contracted by Siemens Gamesa for the transport of three colossal 94m long wind blades. The blades, integral to a new prototype wind turbine, were transported from the storage facility at the Siemens Gamesa factory in Aalborg, Denmark, to the nearby quayside.
A Tailored Transport Solution
Mammoet, leveraging its profound expertise in heavy transport, devised a secure and efficient transport solution ensuring stability along the entire 1km route. The strategic approach included delivering the blades directly to a vessel, eliminating the need for intermediate storage at the quay.
In an innovative departure from conventional methods, Mammoet opted for a custom trailer instead of Self-Propelled Modular Transporters (SPMTs). This unique trailer, comprised of 2 x 6 Nicolas MDEL axle lines paired with a four-axle truck, boasted a total length exceeding 100m when combined with the wind blade. The manufacturing of this trailer occurred at Mammoet’s Brande yard, with the entire unit transported in one piece to the storage area in Aalborg. This approach resulted in a remarkable 50% time-saving compared to alternative industry solutions.
Green and Efficient
Beyond its time-saving advantages, Mammoet’s transport solution also prioritized environmental considerations. The decision to use a single truck for the operation not only reduced emissions but also conserved resources, aligning with the industry’s increasing focus on sustainability.
Milestone in Renewable Energy
The transported wind blades are now poised for shipment and subsequent integration into the testing phase of Siemens Gamesa’s groundbreaking wind turbine prototype. Once operational, this turbine is anticipated to generate sufficient electricity to power approximately 10,000 households annually.
This achievement highlights Mammoet’s commitment to providing not only efficient but also environmentally conscious solutions in the specialized field of heavy transport for the renewable energy sector.