International heavy lift and transport specialist Sarens has added to its crane fleet with the purchase of two new Liebherr cranes: an LG 1750 SX and an LTM 1450-8.1.

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Sarens’s new LG 1750 SX being used on the Sapphire wind turbine installation project in Australia

Both cranes will be used in Saren’s Australian fleet where they will primarily be used on wind projects. According to Sarens, Australia has an active renewable energy industry and is set to erect 2,500 wind turbines within the next three to five years. The LG 1750 SX has already started work on the Sapphire wind turbine installation project for Danish wind turbine manufacturer Vestas while the LTM 1450-8.1 will soon be deployed on a project for Adelaide-based construction and civil engineering company Catcon. 

The LG 1750 SX has a 155 metre lattice boom with a 750-tonne capacity and is mounted on an eight-axle truck chassis. It has a derrick back mast (super lift), and a fixed jib of 12 metres. Sarens says this is a typical configuration for installing larger wind turbines. It can also be equipped with Liebherr’s 6-metre-wide boom system SX2 to provide greater stiffness and ultimately a higher capacity. Sarens says this makes it future-proof in the wind market, where weights and lifting heights are constantly increasing.

The LTM 1450-8.1 has an 85-metre telescopic boom and 35-metre lattice boom extension (fixed jib). Optionally, it can be equipped with an 84-metre luffing jib. It has a capacity of 450 tonnes and is mounted on an 8-axle chassis. It will mainly be used as an auxiliary crane on wind farm projects. 

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