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600-tonne Sany goes large on wind farm

A Sany SAC6000T7 mobile crane helps to construct a wind farm in South Africa for Vestas.

A Sany SAC6000T7 has conducted its first lifts on a wind farm for South African crane hire company, ST Crane Hire.

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Located on the Witberg Wind Farm in Western Cape, South Africa, the 600-tonne all-terrain crane was spotted lifting tower components to assemble one of Vestas’ V136-4.5mW wind turbines. As one of ten different Sany models in ST Crane Hire’s fleet, the company is very happy with the performance of its machines, corroborated by the crane’s performance on the Witberg Wind Farm, according to Director Ricky Rogerio.

“We eagerly anticipate the unveiling of future Sany products,” said Rogerio, “which will undoubtedly bolster our competitive edge and further enhance our position within the market.”


The 600-tonne capacity SAC6000T7 possesses a maximum lifting height of 126m. Its seven-section main telescopic boom can reach heights of 90.1m, while its maximum jib configuration adds an extra 48m of height onto the machine. Furthermore, the crane is capable of holding 143 tonnes of counterweight, to enhance the machine’s stability and precision during its lifts.

Powered by dual Mercedes Benz Stage III engines, its adoption of ZF transmission and Kessler axles further enhances its reliability and manoeuvrability, allowing it to navigate the challenging terrain of the Western Cape with ease, according to the manufacturer.

Primarily catering to the construction, mining, and wind sectors in South Africa, ST Crane Hire is dedicated to sourcing innovative machinery and technologies to bolster these industries. On top of its SAC6000T7, ST Crane Hire has also added Sany’s SAC2500E and the SAC4500T to its rapidly growing fleet.

The Witberg Wind Farm is being delivered by Danish renewables manufacturer, Vestas, on behalf of power producer Red Rocket. The contract includes the supply and installation of 24 V136-4.5mW wind turbines to produce 108mW a year.

Sany’s products are distributed across Australia by leading equipment distributor, Tutt Bryant.

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