High and long from Breuer & Wasel
By Euan Youdale17 May 2011
Breuer & Wasel lifted two 125 tonne columns at an industrial gas installation in Duisburg, Germany as part of an enlargement project.
Site owner Linde Gas Deutschland will use the 58 m long columns to separate substances through thermal processes. A 600 tonne Liebherr LR 1600/2 crawler crane was chosen to carry out the lifting work. It had to perform a sideways slewing movement and then travel some distance to the column's installation location.
The column was lowered into a 30 m high building. To do this the LR 1600/2 had to raise its 125 tonne load to a 96 m hook height at an outreach of 48 m. The crane was equipped with a 60 m main boom, 48 m luffing jib and a 36 m derrick boom.
An LTM 1150-6.1 all terrain operated by Breuer & Wasel was responsible for ballasting the LR 1600/2, with a central ballast of 65 tonnes, a slew superstructure ballast of 150 tonnes, and 300 tonnes of derrick ballast. A 350 tonne capacity Liebherr LTM 1350-6.1 provided support for the LR 1600/2 during the lift, helping to raise the load from horizontal and guide the column into position.