Massive heavy-lift crane unveiled to support TCO project
The SGC 140 supersedes ‘Big Benny’ (SGC 120) which had previously been one of Saren’s biggest cranes.
‘Bigger Benny’ as it is colloquially known, has the same lifting capacity as its predecessor but can move weights around a larger radius, which means it is able to work on projects with a greater area without having to be dismantled and moved to another position. It can be built with a boom of 130m, to which a jib of up to 99m can be added.
At its base, the SGC 140 measures an impressive 44 metres in diameter and has a 4,000-tonne counterweight consisting of 40 counterweight containers. The ring is made of 64 steel mats, a circular double rail beam, 64 front wheels, and 32 rear wheels. In addition to supporting the counterweight, the machinery deck can hold six power pack units, eight winches and of course, the operator’s cab.
The SGC 140’s first job will be in support of Kazakhstan’s TCO project in which it will embark upon a three-year project to help build an oil refinery and install equipment to increase the reservoir pressure in the giant Tengiz field in the northern Caspian Sea.
Once the crane’s work on the TCO project has been completed, it is expected that it will be deployed in the UK to help construct the new generation of nuclear power stations that have been approved by the UK government.
It’s likely however that the SGC 140 will only hold the ‘world’s biggest’ title for a maximum of 2 years as Sarens has announced plans to build an even bigger crane in the near future. Wim Sarens, CEO of Sarens, has said that an even larger crane is in the works- the SGC 250 which will be a 250,000-tonne metre version available in 2019.