Pd Ports Shows Delicate Touch With Wind Farm Units

Nacelle units moved from Port of Immingham to a site near Mansfield to form part of a new 5 turbine wind farm
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Sept. 1, 2010 - PRLog -- Moving 75 tonne nacelle units from a ship to a specialist vehicle took some delicate touches from PD Ports’ experienced stevedoring team at the Port of Immingham.

“The handling operation required extreme care as the nacelles were manufactured from lightweight materials and the team needed to use guide-wires for the inch-perfect precision movement onto the vehicles,” says Jerry Hopkinson, PD Ports’ managing director, bulks, ports and logistics.

The five units were destined for a site near Mansfield which will form part of a new five turbine wind farm expected to generate 9MW of power, equivalent to the domestic electricity needs of about 5,000 average UK households.

A nacelle is the structure at the top of the wind turbine tower that houses the key components of the wind turbine, including the rotor shaft, gearbox, and generator, and is located just behind (or, in some cases, in front of) the wind turbine blades.

These nacelles arrived in Immingham in the open hold of the ship Golo River which had loaded the cargo in Northern Spain. The operation was a complete success for the Danish customers who are already discussing other similar projects with the port.

PD Ports, which operates the terminal at Immingham and also owns Teesport and Hartlepool, is rapidly building an expertise in handling cargo for both onshore and offshore wind farms.

It is promoting the concept of an energy hub in the north-east and has recently worked with other local companies to launch Chain Reaction: Teesside’s Renewable Energy Supply Chain Cluster. The group says that Teesside has the land, the skilled engineers and the motivation to create a national – or even international - centre of excellence in the renewable energy sector.

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About PD Ports:

·         PD Ports Limited is owned by Canadian based Brookfield.  Brookfield is a global asset manager focused on property, renewable power and infrastructure assets, with over $100 billion of assets under management.  PD Ports was bought by Brookfield in November 2009.

·         PD Ports is a high performing specialist ports business offering a wide variety of supply chain services to improve customers’ international product and material movements into and out of – as well as within – the UK.

·         PD Ports employs over 1140 members of staff, and generates an annual turnover of over £115 million from many UK locations.

·         PD Ports operates throughout the UK from bases at many key ports and logistics centres.      

·         The 3 business interests of PD Ports are

:o        Port Operations– is split into two business streams – bulks and unitised and includes:

§         Teesport

: one of the top 4 UK ports, with flows of containers, bulk traffics and finished cars, handling almost 40 million tonnes of throughput p.a.

§         Humber & Small Ports: owners and/or operators of ports on the Humber estuary, Rivers Trent and Ouse, and at Medina Wharf, Isle of Wight. Service offerings include ships’ agency, chartering and stevedoring services.

§         Logistics: PD Logistics offers warehousing and distribution services at UK locations throughout the North East, Humberside & East Anglia, including at Felixstowe.

Please visit www.pdlogistics.comDevelopment plans for port operations include:

·         The Northern Gateway Container Terminal: a major new deep sea container terminal planned at Teesport on the South side of the River Tees.  The £300+ million development will have a capacity of 1.5 million TEU (twenty foot equivalent unit) and is anticipated to deliver over 5,500 jobs to the Tees Valley, when fully operational. Circa 1,300 of the 5,500 new jobs have already been created through portcentric logistics operations in the past four years.

·         Portcentric Logistics: a concept promoted by PD Ports for locating the storage and distribution of imported goods close to the point of arrival at a UK port. This concept avoids the slow handling and return of empty containers as well as eradicating unnecessary UK road mileage, which occurs when delivering to a traditional inland import centre, such as in the Midlands.  In 2006 ASDA Wal*Mart opened a 360,000 sq ft import centre at Teesport and has saved more than 8 million road miles by adopting the portcentric concept.  Adjacent to the ASDA facility, Tesco operates a purpose built 1.2 million sq ft import centre at Teesport, which opened in 2009.

o        Conservancy – this includes:

§         Management of river traffic for the ports of Tees and Hartlepool, ensuring safe navigation and maintaining the required channel depth.

o        Property– this includes:

§         Revenue and income from property and facilities owned by PD Ports and used by third party clients on long term leases.

§         Land that is not utilised for operational purposes and offers potential for development.

§         Port land at Hartlepool docks, which is highly attractive to the growing renewable energy sector, including offshore, windfarms, and biomass plants.  PD Ports’ long term strategy is to further develop Hartlepool docks as a centre of excellence for the offshore support sector.  

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