Collett delivers worlds largest crane to construction site

British heavy transport company Collett has delivered worlds largest crane, the Sarens SGC-250, to a construction site in Somerset where the crane will be used to build a new nuclear power plant.

The Sarens SGC-250 will play a crucial role in constructing the Hinkley Point C Nuclear Power Plant, which is the largest and most complex civil engineering project currently in the UK.

Collett was contracted by Sarens to undertake all vessel discharge procedures, heavy lift services and heavy transport operations to deliver the giant crane in modular form transport from the Avonmouth docks in the port of Bristol to the construction site in Somerset.

The Collett team worked two 12-hour day shifts to discharge all the components required to fully construct the 250 metres high crane. To offload the crane in time the company had to utilise port cranes, mobile cranes and seven specialist vehicles to move the crane parts, with a cumulative weight of 3,000 tonnes, to a designated storage plot in the port.

From there, Collett has been moving the parts to the site in Somerset, which is located 45 miles from Avonmouth. Several months and 400 deliveries later, the SGC-250 crane has now completely been delivered.

Once constructed, the crane will be responsible for lifting Hinkley Point C’s heaviest components. It is planned that more than 600 heavy fabrications, including the five major parts of each unit’s steel containment liner and dome, will be positioned by the mighty crane.

Author: Tobias Pieffers

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