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Weldex knows which way the wind is blowing Weldex has announced plans to open a new depot in Nigg, Scotland, aimed at servicing a new generation of offshore wind turbines, as well as other energy jobs. Equipment used at the site will include a new 2,000t capacity Liebherr LR 11350 with P-boom, one of the first three orders for the cranes sold in this configuration.
Petrochemical romance As rising oil prices outpace the gradually recovering demand for petrochemicals, companies in the sector are courting hire firms in an effort to get more bang for their buck. Kevin Walsh reports.
Making room for a bigger boom Newer and bigger offshore wind turbine construction sites, such as the London Array that A2SEA is building in the Thames estuary, will place unheard-of demands on turbine construction. Cristina Brooks talks to Liebherr, GustoMSC, and Neuenfelder Maschinenfabrik (NMF) who are all racing to build the innovative crane vessel for the job, the crane-around-the-leg (CAL).
Swaged ropes on multi-layer drums Roland Verreet, founder of Wire Rope Technology Aachen in Germany, presented research at the recent 16th North Sea Offshore Cranes and Lifting Conference recommending the use of compacted strand, swaged Lang’s lay ropes on multi-layer drums to increase rope life.
Big, bigger, biggest As the world’s petroleum reserves dwindle, oil and gas platform operators need larger rigs to work further offshore and drill deeper. ALE gave Kevin Walsh a sneak peek at its new Mega Jack system, which will help assemble these rigs.
High wind load, high workload Increased awareness that wind turbine components behave differently when being lifted to when in use means crane operators must be proactive in gathering lift-critical data, as Kevin Walsh reports.