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Sarens defy logistical challenges with CC3800 lift

Global crane rental, heavy lifting, and engineered transport company Sarens have again displayed their commitment to a renewable future by installing a wind turbine in Belgium.

Engaged by Vestas – another global company operating in sustainable energy – to assemble and reconfigure the turbine in Bilzen, Sarens employed a team of six people to aid in the process.

Taking place from January through to March, the heavy-lifting specialists used their CC3800 crane with two configurations: LSL15 and LSL+LF14. The first mode was used to offload, mount and install the tower sections, whilst the second’s extra height was required to lift the top turbine parts and blades.

Pre-empting the wind turbine installation, Sarens helped with unloading and assembling the tower parts which weighed up to 118 tonnes, for a total of 12 lifts (eight requiring superlift mode). The CC3800 needed to slew and crawl for most of the lifts, but the crew had the advantage of working on a predominantly unobstructed job site, with the team only needing to pay attention to two production plants that needed to remain accessible during the project.

Transporting all equipment via truck for the project, a protracted route of around three times longer was required due to the oversized nature of some of the parts required.

Assembling the crane in the first configuration took three days, and then another day to reconfigure it into the second configuration.

Despite some difficulties including blade delivery delays, crane programming updates, and two weeks of weather delays, the Sarens team worked together to lift the wind turbine into place and successfully complete the project.

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