And the Winner is… Sarens!
THE HEAVIES AWARD 2020 FOR THE INNOVATION OF THE YEAR: END USER GOES TO SARENS!
In the Judges words: “As big as it gets – a tremendous engineering achievement and solution to accommodate a nationally important infrastructure project. Very few specialists could even contemplate designing and building a machine of this size and complexity.”
The SGC-250 is the first of the 3rd generation of ring-based cranes at Sarens. It has a maximum load moment of 250.000Tm which allows lifting an astonishing 5.000T. Even at a large radius of 100m, the crane is still capable of lifting 2.000T and, even when doing so, the ground pressure remains below 25T/m2. This extremely impressive metric is achieved through the high number of wheel bogies on the double ring beams and the spreader mats that the machine features.
The main boom, which is now 118m, can be extended up to 160m and the jib can be extended up to 100m. This combination can reach an incredible height of about 250m or an equally astounding radius of 275m. This flexibility guarantees that Sarens is capable of building whatever is needed by the client, all on a double ring design of no more than 48,5m, which constitutes the outer diameter.
In addition, the crane can operate two hook blocks: one on the main boom and one on the jib. In this way, the crane can cover each spot on the jobsite while still offering the combination of strong capacities and fast operations.
The SGC-250 moved to its first project in the UK, playing a key role in supporting the construction of the Hinkley Point C nuclear power station – currently the UK’s largest and most complex civil engineering project. Hinkley Point C is a vital piece of infrastructure for the UK, supplying 7% of the country’s low carbon electricity whilst also creating some 25.000 employment opportunities throughout the construction phase.
Congratulations to everyone at Sarens!