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Potain MCT 275 leads major high-rise construction

Potain MCT 275 tower cranes work on a high-rise development in Baghdad, Iraq.

Two Potain MCT 275 tower cranes have been deployed to construct a major new high-rise residential development in Baghdad, Iraq.

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Selected by real estate company, Mawared Al Khaleej, the cranes were purchased directly from Manitowoc’s sales team in the Middle East, opting to go with the cranes because of their “excellent” lifting capacity and reliability, according to Manitowoc. The cranes are being supported by IDP, Manitowoc’s dealer for Egypt, and HEWA Holding, a local construction equipment company, who are both helping with installation and servicing.

Carina El Rkaiby, Manitowoc’s Regional Sales Manager for Middle East, Africa, and Commonwealth of Independent States, paid testimony to the “great job” Manitowoc’s supporting agents did in erecting and commissioning the MCT 275s.

“This project is one of the most important buildings of Iraq’s modern era, so special thanks to Kareem Atef and Ahmed Yousry at IDP,” she said, “along with the engineering team plus the crew from HEWA Holding who used great skill and experience to ensure the smooth assembly and commissioning of the cranes.”

The Potain MCT 275 is available in two versions, one with a maximum capacity of 10 tonnes and the other with a maximum capacity of 12 tonnes. Both versions offer multiple jib length configurations from 30m up to 70m in increments of 5m. On the Baghdad high-rise residential project, the 12-tonne versions of the Potain MCT 275s are being used, offering a lifting capability of up to 2.2 tonnes at their 70m maximum jib end.

One crane is working with a jib of 55m and an initial height under hook of 30m. The other is working with a 65m jib, and an initial height under hook of 45m.

The project is expected to take two years to complete.

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