Wind project involves complex transportation

By Ian Vallely24 January 2017

After unloading, the items for special transport had to be brought safely to the wind farm

After unloading, the items for special transport had to be brought safely to the wind farm

Prangl’s heavy duty transportation equipment worked on a challenging transport project for the wind energy industry.

A problem with roadworks on the route between Germany and Austria meant 11 steel segments for wind turbines had to be transported by river barge to Austria. Prangl drew up a suitable logistics concept together with port operator Donauhafen Krems. A total of 11 transport vehicles were used to move the steel sections from the harbour in Krems, Austria to the Paasdorf wind farm.

With a maximum transport length of 49 metres, the company had to carefully consider the best way to proceed in advance. The barge was unloaded using the on-site harbour crane and a 130 tonne telescopic crane. Due to the different crane technologies, lifting in tandem in this way presented a particular challenge.

After unloading successfully, the items for special transport, which weigh up to 118 tonnes, had to be brought safely to the wind farm. The Prangl specialists managed this during the night despite the fact that some of the journey had to be made on the wrong side of the road on the S5.

The last piece had to be handled in reverse. This was the only way to guarantee that it was positioned correctly to set up the wind turbines afterwards.

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