German heavy lift specialist Schmidbauer is getting ready to handle components for the Provence Grand Large pilot floating offshore wind project in France.


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Schmidbauer will be responsible for the assembly of plant components and logistics area within the port area in Fos-sur-Mer. For this, Schmidbauer will deploy a new Liebherr LR 11350 crawler crane, equipped with a power boom.

Before the first lift, preparatory work will need to be completed, including the erection of the auxiliary CC2400-1 crawler crane as well as the preparation of the main crane with a lifting capacity of up to 1,350 tonnes. SPMTs as well as the numerous load distribution mats will also be brought to site.

The preparations are expected to start in April, with up to 15 specialists from Schmidbauer’s heavy lift department working on site for four months.

Schmidbauer’s head of business development Minka St. James said: “In March 2020, Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE) commissioned us to support the heavy loads logistics of three prototype floating offshore wind power plants for the Provence Grand Large project being implemented by EDF Renouvelables in Fos-sur-Mer, France.

“Since then, we’ve been part of the innovative engineering team and intensively involved in planning. Schmidbauer is responsible for the entire port logistics for the project and is managing the assembly of the wind power turbines. For example, the port area was reinforced according to our specifications, and a special load distribution concept was developed.”