Plate load testing at Cammell Lairds wind farm facility.

Testconsult have carried out 60 plate load tests at Cammell Laird shipyard, which houses one of Europe’s largest wind farm component storage yards.

As part of a €2 billion development to build one of the largest offshore wind farms in Europe, Gwynt y Môr Offshore Wind Farm Limited, is developing critical dockside and lay down facilities at the Cammell Laird shipyard, Merseyside.

These facilities allow very large and heavy turbine components such as monopiles and transition pieces to be shipped in, off-loaded, laid down in purpose-built storage areas, transported out to sea and then erected into their final positions.

But before any design and construction of the lay down facilities could begin, there were major technical and operational challenges to be assessed and resolved. The derelict brownfield land designated for storage needed to be capable of bearing huge loads, such as a 600Te crane carrying a 500Te monopile.

The docking facilities had to be able to accommodate the off-loading and on-loading of heavy lifting equipment and large components and siltation levels in the river Mersey also needed to be investigated to ensure sufficient draught for the cutters and other vessels coming in and out of the docks.

Testing was carried out using the PLATEMAN plate load tester, developed by Testconsult. This system enables the user to view the test as it proceeds and logs all date for producing instant results on site.

Contact us for more information on our plate load testing service or our PLATEMAN equipment.