Huge pile gripper frame for construction of offshore wind farm


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The 400MW Veja Mate offshore wind farm in the North Sea is, with its production of approximately 1.6 TWh per year, among the largest offshore wind farms in the world.

At the time of construction of the wind farm, Doedijns was awarded the purchase order for the hydraulic and electrical system which offers a large pile gripper frame a reliable and accurate control of placing the foundation pile of the wind turbine correctly.

The finished frame, weighing 625-tons, was then raised on board Seajacks Scylla, the world’s largest wind turbine installation vessel. Its first assignment was the installation of 67 monopiles, each weighing more than 1,300 tons, at the Veja Mate wind farm.

For positioning and control of the 1400-ton capacity gripper frame, a remote control from Scanreco was used.

It works as a hand holding a nail in place to hammer in a beam. The Scanreco remote control worked beautifully for this application and everybody was very happy and proud of how the gripper frame turned out.