Bylor orders four Kobelco crawlers for Hinkley Point C

24 July 2017 by Sotiris Kanaris

Bylor, The Bouygues TP/Laing O’Rourke joint venture, which is the main civils contractor at the Hinkley Point C power plant in Somerset, UK, has placed an order for four new Kobelco G2 Series crawler cranes.

The four new cranes include a CKE900G-2 and three CK800G-2s, which have maximum lifting capacities of 100t at 3.6m and 80t at 3m respectively, feature Stage IV/Tier 4 Final engines, and have already been commissioned into service at the Somerset construction site.

Alain Mazzia, Bylor’s equipment and operations lead, said: “These versatile crawler cranes have been chosen for their high performance and excellent green credentials. Bylor will be delivering over 40 major structures across the project and the cranes will be extensively used as our programme intensifies.”

Commenting on the new order Kobelco’s European sales manager Mark Evans said, “Kobelco Cranes is extremely pleased to have been selected as the supplier of crawler cranes for this landmark project, and we look forward to a long and very successful relationship with Bylor.”

On arrival, the cranes will be dedicated to Bylor’s activities on site. Since Hinkley Point C received full approval in late 2016, enabling works for the main construction phase have been proceeding well, and the new cranes will be fully utilised lifting steel sections and other materials throughout the build programme.

Once operational, Hinkley Point C’s two EPR reactors will produce 3200MW of low-carbon energy, enough to power six million homes and provide 7% of the UK’s generation needs.