Chinese manufacturer XCMG has started building an 88,000 tonne-metre rated lattice boom crawler crane. The 3,600+ tonne capacity XGC88000 is targeted at petrochemical, coal, chemical and nuclear power construction.
It was jointly developed with Chinese oil company Sinopec (China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation) following an agreement signed in 2010. In October 2011 it was included by the Ministry of Science and Technology in the State High-Tech Development Plan known as the 863 Program. The government funded programme is designed to stimulate domestic product development to reduce reliance on foreign technology.
The latest range-topping model follows the 1,000 and 2,000 tonne capacity models previously launched, the latter shown at the 2010 Bauma China exhibition in Shanghai as the XGC28000. The 2,000 tonner was used on its first job at the end of June 2011.
In the field of giant Chinese crawler cranes the new XGC88000 joins the 86,000 tonne-metre Sany SCC86000TM and the Zoomlion ZCC3200NP, with an 82,000 tonne-metre maximum load moment. Both were launched in the middle of 2011 (IC June 2011, News, page 6).
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