Sarens Polska refinery record

By Euan Youdale16 September 2009

In August Sarens Polska performed its biggest transport and single crane lift project to date.

The destination was the Lotos Refinery in Gdańsk, where the company used a 1,600 tonne capacity Terex Demag CC 8800-1 lattice boom crawler crane in SSL configuration, with 540 tonnes of superlift counterweight. Some 60 axles of Kamag SMPT were used, as well as a special Sarens Hinge System. The Kamags were configured in 2 lines of 30 axles, with four power packs.

The first reactor weighed 1,200 tonnes, making it the heaviest reactor transported to Poland in one piece. The weight of the second reactor was 1,100 tonnes. The two lifts followed a project in 2008 at the same refinery, in which Sarens Polska lifted a 707 tonne reactor.

The reactor was transported from the jetty to the lifting position on the Kamags. Following this, two of the power packs were disconnected and moved out from under the reactor. Once the reactors had been lifted to a vertical position, the Kamags rotated to place their loads in the correct position.

Such was the interest in the project, the entire operation was transmitted on live television by two polish TV stations.

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