Cargolux helps with Chinese wind farm

Written by: Alwyn Brice |
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Cargolux, in co-operation with Globaltrans Internationale Logistik, has flown two shipments of outsized, German-made measuring buoys from Luxembourg to Xiamen, in China.

These buoys are destined for the planned offshore wind farms Zhangpu and Changle, which lie off the coast of China's Fujian province.

The two high-tech buoys measure 8.10 metres long and have a diameter of 2.55 metres: they weigh around 5,800 kilogrammes each. They were were transported by Globaltrans on special trailers from Bremerhaven in Germany to Luxembourg airport and flown on board of two Cargolux 747 freighters to Xiamen.

The loading at Luxembourg and unloading at Xiamen airport was completed by Cargolux on time and according to the detailed planning of Globaltrans and its local partner in Xiamen. After special customs clearance, both buoys were forwarded by specialised trucks to their final destination, Fuzhou.

It is the first time ever that China is using a so-called Floating LiDAR system for an offshore wind-measuring campaign. The buoys were designed by the German Fraunhofer Institut and will measure the wind speed in the designated locations up to a height of 200 metres from their position on the sea surface to allow precise calculation of the wind farms’ electricity yield. The new Chinese wind parks have a planned capacity of 2.8 gigawatts.

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