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Gantry cranes go huge on METRONET

MCT Equipment supplies Cimolai gantry cranes to help Perth's METRONET project.

Two Cimolai gantry cranes have completed the successful installation of L-beams on Western Australia’s METRONET rail project.

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Working on the Victoria Park-Canning Level Crossing Removal Project site, the two gantry cranes, named Kediny and Yira – noongar words for ‘high’ and carry’ – by the community, got to work installing beams for the elevated rail. In total, the beams weighed up to 130 tonnes and measured up to 30m in length.

The cranes were supplied to the Metronet project by Western Australian-based equipment and alternative lifting services company, MCT Equipment, and are two of four that were specifically built for their scope of work on METRONET. Manufactured by Cimolai, the 20m tall cranes possess a lifting capacity of 120 tonnes and will handle the majority of the 532 L-beams, 332 piers, and 155 headstocks that will construct the elevated rail structure for the Victoria Park-Canning Level Crossing Removal project.

MCT Equipment announced its partnership with Italian manufacturer Cimolai technology midway through 2023, labelling the move as a “game-changer”.

METRONET is the single largest investment in public transport that Perth has seen, planning to lay down approximately 72km of new passenger rail, erect 23 new train stations, and morph 8000 hectares of land around new stations into “desirable places to live, work and play”.

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