Now we are at the correct height we can start the lift, Once the GE guys are in place inside the turbine, we connect the heavy lift bracket to the crane hook and it’s lifted to the top of the turbine.
You can just make out the GE guys connecting the HLB, once thats connected they will undo all the bolts holding the blades in place from the inside.
Around the same time a lifting strop is connected to the number 6 blade (think of a clock face) for the other crane.
All nuts removed the blades and hub are slowly removed.
Now a great bit of crane ballet is performed and you can see why the barges have to be positioned so exact.
Blades are manoeuvred between the legs and pedestal with great skill.
The blades are slowly lowered onto a fixed base on a movable deck at the rear of the barge.
This base is used to secure the hub for the removal of each blade.
Success, Mark the project manager is a happy man. 1st stage complete.