First job for Sarens' Boom Booster

17 October 2014

The new Terex boom booster at a wind farm in Noordoostpolder, the Netherlands.
Copywrite Klaas Eisse

The new Terex boom booster at a wind farm in Noordoostpolder, the Netherlands. Copywrite Klaas Eisse

International heavy lift and transport specialist Sarens, based in Belgium, used the first of its two new Terex Boom Boosters at a wind farm in Noordoostpolder, the Netherlands.

The Boom Booster is fitted to one of Sarens' Terex CC 8800-1 lattice boom crawler cranes, which is in the 1,600 tonne capacity class. It replaces the bottom part of the crawler’s boom, typically increasing capacity by 60 %, the manufacturer said.

The CC 8800-1 with Boom Booster is being used to install 38 large Enercon wind turbines. The turbines have a tower height of 135 metres and a capacity of 7.5 MW each, a company spokesperson said.

The Boom Booster is made of five inserts and two adapters and measures 72 m long. It is 10 m wide and 3.2 m high and weighs 197 tonnes. It is made of single girders and lacings with pinned connections.

Sarens also has a second CC 8800-1 at work with a Boom Booster. It is working at the Sadara Project in Jubail, Saudi Arabia. Tasks for the crawler there included lifting an 85 m high column which weighs 800 tonnes. A second column lift is scheduled for the end of the year.

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