A total of 1,100 wind power plants are planned for development in the coming years in Markbygden, near the northern Swedish city of Piteå. This will become one of the largest continuous wind parks in Europe. After completion, Markbygden should provide Sweden approx. 6.6% of its annual power needs. For the current construction stage, BOLK Transport GmbH, located in Attnang-Puchheim, Austria, member to the Worldwide Project Consortium (WWPC), organised the delivery of large-scale cranes to erect 45 wind turbines.
From mid-May until the end of June, BOLK Transport General Manager Gerhard Wagner’s experienced team coordinated complex, multi-modal transportation, and they spent 4 weeks overall on site to ensure the best possible delivery to the construction sites.
Multiple large-scale cranes featuring a total freight weight of 2,600 t, including two 800 t crawler cranes with accessories and a unit weight of up to 65 t, and mobile cranes in various sizes were freighted by Bolk Austria to Markbygden. A total of 120 transports, needed to be synchronised perfectly in part from different starting locations in Austria, Slovenia, and Germany via land and water routes to reach their destination.
In addition to several months of intensive preliminary planning, a project manager from BOLK Austria specialised in large-scale crane transportation was personally on location in Sweden for four weeks. The manager coordinated all of the processes and the participating logistics partners so that the ideal delivery sequence to the respective construction sites in the wind park would be guaranteed.
The Swedish member for the WWPC, TRILOG, was also involved in the project.
BOLK B.V. Netherlands was responsible for the logistics of the wind power plant components. Thanks to perfect teamwork within the company group, it was possible to utilise the capacities optimally and ideally coordinate the timing for all crane and system components.