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Granada expanding offshore business in Denmark

Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy have awarded a major European offshore contract to Granada for the design, manufacture, delivery and commissioning of four davit crane units for the Nissum Bredning Vind offshore plant, located off the northwest coast of Denmark.


The Nissum Bredning plant is owned by Nissum Bredning Vindmollerlaug and the energy company Jysk Energi, with financial backing from the Danish Ministry of Energy. The plant is testing technology which is expected to show a significant impact on the Levelized Cost of Electricity (LCoE), with Granada’s client Siemens delivering four 7MW direct drive wind turbines.

Granada have been contracted by Siemens to provide their Python cranes for this project. Each Granada Python crane unit measures approximately 3m in height, 3m in radius, and weighs 1,500kg. The maximum lifting capacity for each crane, at 1,000kg, is needed to hoist the heavier serviceable components from the supply vessel to the laydown area on the platforms of the transition piece platform. Designed with the operator’s needs and health and safety as critical factors, the Python cranes are a design unique to Granada.

Welcoming this new contract, Mark Sidwell, director of Granada, commented,
“This is a valuable contract for Granada. Building on our successes and our reputation in offshore engineering across the UK, we are keen to grow further in the European renewables sector. Projects such as this one for Siemens will benefit not only Granada’s employees but also companies throughout our supply chain. It’s encouraging to see our ambitious plans for this market demonstrating success, rewarding the expertise and commitment of all our staff at Granada.”

Looking ahead to a busy quarter at Granada

With significant contracts achieved over the summer, Granada are looking forward to delivering on major orders across all areas of the business this coming quarter.

Following a further substantial order for a world-leading aircraft manufacturer, Granada continue to grow their aerospace business with contracts on schedule for pre-Christmas installation, as well as delivering significant bespoke crane and handling contracts in the manufacturing sector. Crossing Granada’s diverse product range, the company’s installation team will be busy delivering multiple crane and gantry packages, including a 5te crane, 3 x 10te cranes, and a 35te crane – all with freestanding gantry steelwork.


With three large wind farm contracts in build, the offshore teams are equally busy. Granada have already delivered nearly 60 davits from an order of 175 to the DONG Hornsea project, as well as 70 davits from the 84 ordered for the Beatrice Wind Farm, and delivery of fully hydraulic cranes will commence shortly for the Scottish Power East Anglia 1 Wind Farm.

Looking forward to the next quarter, Mark Sidwell, director at Granada, commented,
“We are extremely pleased with the breadth and scope of contracts won and being successfully delivered across all areas of the company. That we have such a range of prestigious clients, with significant orders, is testament to the dedication and the expertise of all our staff – from our Rochdale headquarters to our Broughton base and our engineers on-site at wind farms throughout the UK.”


Babcock International Group contract awarded to Granada

Granada Material Handling have been awarded a fourth contract for the Beatrice Offshore Windfarm (BOWL) project, this latest one to design, manufacture, deliver and commission two davit crane units for Babcock International Group.

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Each of Granada’s Python crane units has been designed specifically for Beatrice, and Granada will fit one crane to each of the two Offshore Transformer Modules (OTMs) being supplied by Babcock.

The Granada Python crane units for this contract each measure approximately 4 metres in height, 4.5 metres in radius, and weigh 2000kgs. Their maximum lifting capacity of 1600kgs is needed to hoist the heavier serviceable components from the supply vessel to the laydown area on the OTM foundation platform. Their design, unique to Granada, emphasises the health and safety requirements and the needs of the operator in a challenging marine environment.

The 84 turbine, £2.6bn BOWL project is being built by owners SSE, Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners and Red Rock Power Ltd, after reaching Financial Close in May last year, and it will be one of the largest private investments ever made in Scottish infrastructure. Commenting on Granada’s fourth contract for Beatrice, Mark Sidwell, director at Granada, said,
“As with our previous contract awards for BOWL, this is not only great news for the Renewables team at Granada but also for our UK supply chain. We are already looking to place orders and to sub-contract specialist areas of work to other UK businesses.”

Granada will deliver the crane units over a 6-month period.

Granada Material Handling pick up a prestigious RoSPA Award

Gold Award 2017Granada are winners in the RoSPA Health and Safety Awards 2017, achieving the Gold award in the prestigious annual scheme run by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA).

The award was achieved during a special year for family-safety charity RoSPA, as it celebrates its centenary, and it will be presented to Granada during a ceremony at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole hotel in July.

Through the RoSPA Awards scheme, which is open to businesses and organisations of all types and sizes from across the UK and overseas, judges consider entrants’ overarching occupational health and safety management systems, including practices such as leadership and workforce involvement. The awards are now in their 61st year.

Julia Small, RoSPA’s head of awards and events, said:

“The RoSPA Awards are the most prestigious in the world of occupational health and safety, and held in high regard around the world, as winning one demonstrates an organisation’s commitment to maintaining an excellent health and safety record.  Achieving the standard required is no mean feat.   This is a special year in the history of RoSPA, and we congratulate all of our winners in this, our centenary year”.

Competitive awards go to the best entries in 24 industry sectors including construction, healthcare, transport and logistics, engineering, manufacturing and education.  There are specialist awards for occupational health, environmental management and fleet safety, and excellence trophies for the best international, new entry, workforce involvement and organisation operating or based in Scotland. RoSPA’s top accolade is the Sir George Earle Trophy.  Headline sponsor of the RoSPA Awards 2017 is NEBOSH – the National Examination Board in Occupational Safety and Health – for the 12th consecutive year.

For more information about the RoSPA Awards visit www.rospa.com/awards


ScottishPower Renewables confirms multimillion-pound contract with Granada for East Anglia ONE

Granada has secured a contract to deliver 103 Main Access Platform (MAP) cranes for ScottishPower Renewables East Anglia ONE Offshore windfarm, a £2.5billion offshore windfarm which will generate enough renewable energy to power 500,000 homes per year. 102 cranes will be mounted on to the wind turbine foundations, and one will be used for training purposes at the operations and maintenance base in Lowestoft. Each crane has a lift capacity of 1.5 tonnes.

The project will be managed by Granada, and the cranes will be designed and fabricated by Sparrows in Aberdeen. In total the contract will support up to 75 jobs and the fabrication of the cranes will see 99% of their parts procured within the UK. Production is expected to start soon with final delivery scheduled mid-2018. ScottishPower Renewables is on target to deliver more than 50% of UK content across the life of the project.

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Granada win multimillion-pound contract with DONG Energy for Hornsea Project One – the world’s biggest wind farm

Granada is the latest UK firm to sign a contract with DONG Energy for Hornsea Project One. With a capacity of over one gigawatt, Hornsea Project One will be capable of supplying power to well over one million homes from its base 120km off the Yorkshire coast.

Each of the 7MW turbines will require a davit crane and Granada will assemble and test all 174 davits at their Rochdale facility. With a lifting capacity of one tonne, each crane weighs approximately 3000kgs. Fixed to the foundation platform next to the turbine tower, the Granada davits will help lift parts and tools from the crew transfer vessels to the turbines.


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Granada’s investment in Health and Safety continues with new appointment

Alan1Granada are delighted to welcome Alan Grand as Health and Safety manager at the company’s head office in Rochdale.

Alan brings over 12 years’ expertise to GMH, with previous roles across regional, national and global companies. He holds a B.Sc. in Environmental Health and is currently completing his M.Sc. in Occupational Hygiene and obtaining CMIOSH status with IOSH. With experience of working with safety management systems and a range of Standards including OHSAS 18001, ISO 9001, ISO 14001, Alan is a qualified trainer and will undertake a range of in house training for GMH.

Alan’s varied and extensive Health and Safety experience includes regional roles implementing and maintaining Health and Safety on waste water treatment works; a national role with a plastic FMCG manufacturer, and national responsibility for a global pharmaceutical and medical equipment company within Australia.

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Third Beatrice Offshore Windfarm contract awarded to Granada Material Handling

Granada have been awarded a third major contract to design, manufacture, deliver and commission davit cranes for the Beatrice Offshore Windfarm Limited (BOWL) project, this contract awarded by Burntisland Fabrications Limited.

Burntisland have been providing solutions for offshore energy industries since 1990 and this new contract will see Granada supplying 26 Python davit cranes, one to each of the Burntisland-supplied platforms. Burntisland say their £100m contract is protecting 200 jobs and, for their part in the project, Granada are already looking to place orders and to sub-contract specialist areas of work across their own UK-based supply chain of companies and contractors.

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Smulders Projects award Beatrice Offshore Wind Farm contract to Granada

Granada Material Handling are undertaking another major contract for the £2.6bn Beatrice Offshore Windfarm Ltd (BOWL) project, this contract awarded by Smulders Projects.

Granada are commissioned to design, supply, third party certify, deliver and commission 28 davit crane units. Each of the Granada Python cranes has been designed specifically for Beatrice and one crane will be fitted to each of the 28 platforms being supplied by Smulders Projects.

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