Crane collapse delays work at Swedish wind farm

A crashing crane at Sweden’s 175MW Björkvattnet onshore wind farm site pushed construction back by roughly three weeks, developer confirms

The project will feature GE's Cypress 5.3-158 platform
The project will feature GE's Cypress 5.3-158 platform

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Completion of the 175MW Björkvattnet Björkvattnet (175MW) OnshoreJamtland County, Sweden, Europe Click to see full details project is now expected in June, after one of the site’s main cranes came down during challenging weather conditions at night on 11 January.

Renewables developer Treblade – owned by Infravia Capital Partners – told Windpower Monthly that no one was injured during the incident.

Located in Jamtland County, the crane crash has delayed the installation of the remaining GE turbines at the project by around three weeks, pushing the final completion date back to June.

The manufacturer is supplying 33 GE Cypress 5.3-158 turbines to the site.

A Treblade spokesperson said the crane was currently being dismantled.

It is estimated that the wrecked lattice boom mobile crane has a load capacity of 650 tonnes with a radius of 12 metres and a maximum load torque of 9,152 tonnes.

A GE spokesman confirmed that it was working closely with Treblade to continue to install turbines at the site “as quickly and safely as possible”.

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