A team of Manitowoc's Grove all-terrain and rough-terrain cranes is working at one of the most significant chemical processing plant projects in Europe. The Porto Torres Green Hub project in Sardinia, off the coast of Italy, will see the complete conversion of the existing facility from a fossil fuel plant to a bio-based production facility.

The six Grove cranes, which offer capacities from 40 t to 300 t, will spend six years at the giant coastal job site. They are charged with installing a demanding and expensive list of chemical plant equipment and materials that includes 15 tanks, which vary in size up to 500 m3; 17 racks measuring 950 m and weighing 1,188 t in total; 51 heat exchangers; 78 reactor vessels; eight thermal columns; 18 mixer units; 125 pumps and 51 km of piping.

Despite having an installation list that would keep most project managers up at night, Luca Pibiri, general manager at main contractor and crane owner I.COM, says his Grove cranes keep him relaxed.

"This is not the first time we've used our Grove cranes on a project of this size and importance and, as before, we are confident they will deliver excellent performance," he says. "Grove cranes are durable and reliable machines, and our operators find their simple operating systems and fast set up make life much easier."

Manitowoc Grove Cranes

The Porto Torres job site is a tricky place for a crane to negotiate – especially for the 300 t capacity Grove GMK6300L, the largest crane on site. Tight corners and an intricate maze of equipment means maneuverability is key, which Grove's mobile cranes are designed for. The Grove AT range features all-wheel steering to minimize turning circles, while the Grove RT range has four steering modes, allowing them to access even the tightest spaces.

The coastal location of the Porto Torres project brings its own difficulties. The marine environment, sand and uneven terrain make for tough working conditions. But the rugged design of the Grove cranes, which have the patented Megatrak suspension system on the ATs and deep box-section frames on the RTs, means they are built to tackle much worse.

Rough Terrain Cranes
Work began at Porto Torres in June 2011 and the first Grove crane arrived at the site in September 2012. All six will remain there until work is completed in 2018.

All of the Grove cranes were supplied by Italian dealer FIMI spa. The company was a key reason why Grove was selected for this major project as Enrico Angiolini, director South Europe at Manitowoc Italy, adds.

"This is such a big project that needs the best equipment and the best service," he says. "FIMI's staff have the expertise and the experience to fully meet the needs of the customer and ensure this ambitious project moves ahead on schedule."

The Grove all-terrain cranes at the Porto Torres Green Hub project include two 75 t capacity GMK4075s, a 100 t capacity GMK5095 and a 300 t GMK6300L all-terrain crane. The Grove GMK6300L offers the longest boom in its class, at 80 m, and is among Grove's most popular models.

The rough-terrain cranes at the project include Grove's 35 t capacity RT540E and the new 45 t capacity RT550E rough-terrain crane, which features Manitowoc's Crane Control System that makes lift set-up even easier. Both these units are built at the Grove factory in Niella Tanaro, Italy.

I.COM, a leading Italian construction company for the chemical and power generation industries, is also the owner of the largest fleet of cranes in Sardinia. It is transforming the Porto Torres facility for Matrica SpA, a joint venture between Polimeri Europa, the biggest Italian chemical company, and Novamont, a global market leader in biodegradable plastics.

The Porto Torres Green Hub project will convert the plant from using traditional fossil fuels to bio-based alternatives. The project will reportedly usher in a "new age" for the Italian bio-chemical industry. Once operational, the plant will produce bio-plastics, bio-lubricants and bio-additives.
Click Here
To Know More or to Contact the Manufacturer
Please let us know your name.
Invalid Input
Please let us know your Designation.
Please let us know your Contact Number.
Please let us know your email address.
Please brief your query.
Our other Value-Added Services:

To receive updates through e-mail on Products, New Technologies & Equipment, please select the Product Category(s) you are interested in and click 'Submit'. This will help you save time plus you will get the best price quotations from many manufacturers, which you can then evaluate and negotiate.

Invalid Input
Invalid Input
Invalid Input
The Government’s boost to infrastructure development with plans including Smart Cities, Affordable Housing, Tunnels & Bridges, etc, is fuelling the CE Industry for all kinds of equipment. Cranes are also likely to see demand escalate

Read more ...

Enerpac High Tonnage Cylinders for Heavy Lift in Harsh Environments. With increasing demand for heavier lifts in harsher environments, Enerpac has risen to the challenge with a new range of high tonnage cylinders. The cylinders offer outstanding durability

Read more ...

Franna® – a brand of Terex (leading manufacturer of pick and carry cranes), has appointed Alpha Services as its first authorized Franna distributor in India. With this new partnership, Franna will bring its Made in India cranes closer

Read more ...

The Aerial Work Platform market is buoyant with demand outpacing supply, despite the rising prices and increased competition from second-hand imports. However, manufacturers, undeterred by the challenging situation, are bringing newer and more advanced solutions

Read more ...

Meghraj Singh, President, Aerial Platform Association of India (APAOI) and MD Rentease, discusses the demand trends in the MEWP rental segment, and the need for better understanding of safety, price regularization, and standardization in the industry

Read more ...

SANY India has added yet another feather in its cap with the handover of the country’s first 800-ton crawler crane to client Dwarkesh Transport Corporation in Anand, Gujarat. The one-of-its-kind SANY SCC8000A is India's largest Crawler Crane

Read more ...

Two Comansa 21LC660 tower cranes are working on the construction of the cable-stayed bridge, which will join Cebu City and Mactan Island in the Philippines, a location replete with logistical challenges. Comansa tower cranes ensure that even the most complex bridge

Read more ...

Mammoet and Aertssen Machinery Services team up to install design elements of Infinity Bridge with millimeter precision. Built by BESIX Construct LLC, a Middle Eastern subsidiary of a Belgian company BESIX, the Infinity Bridge (formerly Al Shindagha bridge)

Read more ...

Enerpac Heavy Lifting Technology has successfully completed side-load stability testing of the SCJ-100 (Self-Locking Cube Jack) while performing a 4-point lift with a 400 metric ton load up to 3m at its factory in Hengelo (Netherlands). The SCJ-100 raises the bar for cube jack

Read more ...

Crawler crane manufacturers are expanding their product range and introducing advanced features for higher lifting capacity and greater safety, to meet demand coming from infra development projects across various sectors

Read more ...

With precise planning, close cooperation, custom engineering, and an innovative crawler crane solution, Mammoet removes bridge section in a confined city center in Vienna, safely, on-time, and with minimum disruption

Read more ...

A 25-ton 21CM550 tower crane is working on the construction of Anji Khad Bridge, the first cable-stayed railway bridge in India, which is 331 metres above the river. This is a historic project of the Indian Railways and is viewed

Read more ...

Enerpac has announced the new ML40 Mini Lift Gantry with 40-ton lifting capacity in all three lifting stages. Simple to set up, portable, and easy to use, it is the ideal solution for machinery movers, plant relocation services, and medical

Read more ...

From March through May 2021, Transportes Muciño performed a groundbreaking transport: on an extremely challenging route, two major components weighing 380 and 320 t, respectively, had to be moved from the port of Tampico to the power plant

Read more ...

Terex continues to strengthen its foothold in India’s Construction Equipment Market by bringing in new technologies, expanding its product portfolio, and entering new construction territories. Having marked its entry

Read more ...

Tower crane manufacturers are expanding their range with newer models and making them more cost-effective as cost of production rises and competition heats up. NBM&CW investigates.

Read more ...

A new digital platform has been launched to disrupt and simplify the process of crane rental procurement. MYCRANE – a global business-to-business (B2B) platform allows users to submit details of their lifting requirements

Read more ...

Demand for safe, versatile, and reliable material handling products like Telehandlers is growing across a wide spectrum of applications in India, says Deepak Shetty, CEO & Managing Director, JCB India.

Read more ...

The wolf is known for its adaptability and strength, which also distinguish the red WOLFFs on construction sites around the world. Latest proof is provided by two WOLFF 1250 B luffing jib cranes on the

Read more ...

Sinoboom Electric Articulating Boom Lifts Launched in Southeast Asia To mark the arrival of Sinoboom AB14EJ and AB16EJ articulating boom lifts into the Schmetterling rental fleet, a product launch event was held to showcase the series of Sinoboom machines at their

Read more ...

×
Sign-up for Free Subscription
'India Construction Week'
Weekly e-Newsletter on Construction Industry
Get the latest news, product launches, projects announced / awarded, government policies, investments, and expert views.