Manitowoc Cranes Build €500 Million Island Power Plant

Manitowoc Cranes
A team of nine Grove mobile cranes and three Potain tower cranes is playing a central role on one of the largest power projects in the Indian Ocean. The 220 MW Port East diesel-fired power station on Reunion Island is two years into construction, and the cranes are working among a network of pipes and infrastructure placing high-cost, high-tech materials.

All the cranes are owned and operated by local rental company Grues Levages et Investissements. Energy giant EDF is the main contractor and international engineering firm MAN is managing the project.

The strength and maneuverability of the Grove and Potain cranes are key reasons for their selection, along with their international reputation for quality, according to Thierry Blondeau, general director at GLI.

"The project layout means the cranes need to make numerous heavy lifts at different heights and in different locations," he said. "The cranes are working in tight spaces and lifting expensive materials. We need to have confidence in our cranes and load control is vital in ensuring there are no mistakes. So far the project is moving ahead of schedule."

The complexity of the €5oo million power plant requires intricate installation of heavy loads. Several of the lifts require multiple cranes with the most complex requiring four cranes working together.

Manitowoc Cranes
One of the most challenging parts of the job so far was erecting two 54 m tall chimneys, each consisting of six separate exhaust ducts inside a lattice structure. Each exhaust duct was comprised of four sections, measuring up to 18 m and weighing up to 155 t. Each section was lifted to the top of the lattice structure and carefully lowered into position through the structures' small opening.

Another major task was installing six urea tanks. These huge single-piece tanks weighed 20 t and measured 20 m tall, and were off-loaded from oversized flatbed trucks. They were then lifted from the horizontal to vertical before being secured in position.

The crowded site tests the cranes' maneuverability and their operators' skill. The all-terrain cranes, which range from the 35 t capacity two-axle GMK2035 to a 220 t capacity five-axle GMK5220, drive into positions with clearances as low as 25 cm. Some lifts also require the operators to reach 60 m over surrounding structures, where the smallest error could be extremely problematic.

With German, Spanish, Czech and other languages spoken on site, communication between the 150 workers and crane operators is crucial. Coordinating the position and capabilities of the 12 cranes is also a major challenge with so many working in close proximity.

In addition to the man-made challenges at Port East, the project must overcome challenges from the natural environment resulting from its coastal location and the fact that it sits in a cyclone zone. The weather can change at a moment's notice with strong winds and torrential rain reducing visibility or even causing landslides.

The cranes have been on site since June 2009, and will remain until the project finishes in early 2014. Most operate for 10 hours a day, six days a week, and some occasionally work 24 hour shifts. Such a demanding schedule requires high levels of concentration and focus.

The Grove all-terrain cranes on the project include a GMK2035E, GMK3050-1, GMK3055, GMK4080-1, GMK4100L, GMK5100, GMK5130-1, GMK5130-2 and a GMK5220. The three Potain cranes are an MD 238 A, MD 365 B and an MDT 218 A.

The Port East power station will help Reunion Island meet the growing needs of the island's electricity demand. It will be driven by 12 diesel engines of 18.3 MW each for a total capacity of 220 MW. The facility will provide power for around half of the island's 800,000 inhabitants.

NBMCW June 2012

Click Here
To Know More / Contact The Manufacturer
Please provide your details we will contact you as soon as possible
Choose Title from the listPlease let us know your name.
Please let us know your Designation.
Invalid Input
Please let us know your email address.
Please let us know your City.
Please let us know your Contact Number.
Please brief your query.
Our other value-added services:

To receive updates through e-mail on Products, Technologies, equipment, please Select the Product Category(s) you are interested in and click Submit. This will help you not only to save time but also to get best quote for right products from many manufacturers of the same category; it helps you to evaluate and negotiate the best price.

Equipment & Machinery
Invalid Input
Building Products
Invalid Input

PALFINGER PCC 57.002 crawler cranes - Ideal in tight spots; Perfect for indoor jobs

The PALFINGER crawler crane PCC 57.002 maneuvers well in limited space, can shift (or “walk”) on its outriggers and can be operated electrically. It´s perfect for indoor jobs, such as the removal of escalators Read More ...

Terex brands GENIE® GR™, QS™ & GRC Vertical Mast Lifts Updated for Global Use

Genie® GR™, QS™ and GRC vertical mast lift machine specifications and performance have been updated worldwide to adopt one global slab scissor lift specification. Beginning March 2020, Genie vertical mast Read More ...

AMCS technologies trains crane operators on anti-collision systems

Four anti-collision and zoning systems DCS 61-S are installed on the various cranes of the AFPA training center at Egletons in Corrèze, France. Intended for the training of future crane operators, they will allow Read More ...

Potain introduces latest lifting technology for high-rise and home building sector

Potain has announced the launch of their latest lifting technology for two of the busiest sectors in the built environment: high-rise construction and home building. The new introductions are MRH 175 tower crane and Hup Read More ...

Godrej Material Handling launches new Bravo Electric Three-Wheel Forklift

Godrej Material Handling, a business unit of Godrej & Boyce Mfg. Co. Ltd., has announced its foray into the 3-wheel electric forklift truck segment. The country’s largest manufacturer of lift trucks, GMH has launched Read More ...

Haulotte telehandlers: stability & Safety

Haulotte’s HTL - compact, high lift and heavy load ranges – are much appreciated on construction sites because of their outstanding productivity and safety. Indeed, Haulotte telehandlers embedded with several technologies Read More ...

Maximum lifting capacity on four axles – Liebherr unveils the new LTM 1120 4.1

Liebherr has unveiled its new LTM 1120-4.1 at the CONEXPO in Las Vegas using the slogan “There’s nothing more on 4!” It is the most powerful 4-axle all-terrain crane ever built. The new 135 US ton (120 t) machine breaks into a performance Read More ...

Comansa launches 21CM750 - the largest crane manufactured at its plant in Hangzhou

Comansa launched its new 21CM750 crane at Hangzhou, which it will start manufacturing at its factory in China for the Asian market, which is looking at heavier load cranes. The launch was attended by over hundred guests, and included the leader Read More ...

Latest innovations by AMCS technologies

The company, specialized in anti-collision safety systems for lifting equipment will reveal its latest innovations on booth F101211. Visitors will have the opportunity to discover several world previews on AMCS technologies Read More ...

SINOBOOM exhibits range of high-quality access equipment

SINOBOOM has recently launched the largest articulating boom lift in the world - the GTZZ46J - which is being supplied to companies active in the petrochemical sector. On display (at its booth BL240 located in the Blue Lot) Read More ...

WOLFFKRAN presents WOLFF 166 B US hydraulic luffing jib crane

After the successful introduction of WOLFF luffing and saddle jib cranes with middle to high lift capacities for the US market, WOLFFKRAN is now following suit with one of its smaller luffing jib cranes - the WOLFF 166 B Read More ...

Haulotte exhibits its all-round expertise

Haulotte showcases new products, new technologies, and environmental issues at its booth F-6134 (Festival Lot). It will display a brand new telescopic boom for the first time to the global market, in addition with the HA61 LE (HA20 LE) Read More ...

6 new Manitowoc cranes debut

Manitowoc Cranes to unveil six new cranes to the lifting market at Booth F6144 in the new Festival Lot near the corner of Las Vegas Boulevard and Sahara Avenue. In addition to these, four other crane models that were introduced Read More ...

Comansa presents new models and technologies for North American market

Tower crane manufacturer Comansa's stand F5803 in the Festival Grounds outdoors area is showcasing its LCL310 luffing-jib crane, specifically its 18-ton maximum load version. Its maximum jib length is 60 metres, and the different Read More ...

Liebherr celebrates 50th anniversary; exhibits extensive range of latest construction & material handling equipment

Liebherr is showcasing an extensive selection of equipment at its outdoor booth #F5258 covering more than 53,000 ft2 (4,900 m²) of space for its material handlers, tower cranes, mobile and crawler cranes, hydraulic excavators Read More ...

Alpha Services

Alpha has been developing new solutions and evolving its product portfolio for the last 35 years. Our current range includes EOT Cranes, Goliath Cranes, Transfer Trolleys, Mobile Tower Cranes, Flat Top Tower Cranes and Mobile Read More ...

New Building Material & Construction World

New Building Material & Construction World
MGS Architecture

Modern Green Structures & Architecture

Modern Green Structures & Architecture

Lifting & Specialized Transport

Lifting & Specialized Transport

Indian Infrastructure & Tenders Week

Indian Infrastructure & Tenders Week