AAL makes record delivery to wind farm

ADELAIDE: Heavylift and marine project cargo carrier AAL has delivered 135 windmill blades, turbine generators and other related components for the new AGL Silverton Wind Farm in the Barrier Ranges of New South Wales (NSW).

The A$450 million windfarm is the first greenfield development for the Powering Australian Renewables Fund and will be the sixth largest energy farm in Australia when completed in mid-2018.

Comprising 58 turbines, the facility will reduce CO2 emissions by 655,000 tonnes annually and produce 780,000 MWh of renewable energy per year – enough power to maintain more than 137,000 homes.

GE Power and civil engineering construction company CATCON are responsible for the engineering, procurement and construction of the project, which includes the supply, transportation, erection, fit-out and commissioning of the turbines.

At 63 meters in length, the blades moved by AAL and its logistics partner Bremen-based COLI Schiffahrt & Transport, were the longest ever shipped to Australia.

Eike Muentz, AAL general manager Europe and head of AAL‘s Wind Energy Team commented: “Not only were these blades the longest ever to be shipped into Australia, but we also managed to safely load and stow 45 of them on a single sailing, which is a first too.”

The blades were part of seven sailings by AAL‘s ‘Mega-MPV’ 31,000dwt A-Class vessels from production facilities in Germany, Spain and China to the Port of Adelaide (South Australia) and the ports of Newcastle and Kembla (NSW).

Alain Akavi, managing director of COLI Bremen added: “The success of any global logistics solution hinges upon the smallest detail being accounted for and dealt with. And with our renewable energy customers comprising some of the world’s leading brands and industry pioneers, we can’t afford mistakes.”