Palfinger Dreggen has been awarded a contract for crane delivery to the Johan Sverdrup oil field in the North Sea. The delivery comprises seven large offshore cranes. The contract was signed with Norway’s Statoil in May, in strong competition with other international crane suppliers.
Each crane will have a lifting capacity of 60 tonnes and a reach of approximately 60m, and will be delivered with a fully electric drive. The electric drive contributes to both energy efficiency and reduced maintenance. The total lifecycle cost of an electric crane is considered to be lower than a conventional electro-hydraulic solution.
“The order represents an important milestone for Palfinger Dreggen. It confirms our strategic decision to invest in new production facilities and our systematic strengthening of in-house competence in Norway for the development of cranes for complex offshore projects,” said managing director Halldor Rongve.
The products covered by the contract have been developed by Palfinger Dreggen. Being part of the marine division of Palfinger the company has grown extensively over the last few years, establishing its own production facilities and engineering hubs worldwide. “The Johan Sverdrup contract will be a very important contribution to the activity at our Bergen office as well as impacting the activity of the entire organisation. Engineering, project management and procurement will mainly be carried out in Bergen and most of the production will take place at Palfinger Dreggen’s own factories in Poland and South Korea,” Mr Rongve said.
The cranes will be installed in a number of locations on the Johan Sverdrup platform for the further construction of the various platform topsides.