Liebherr luffing jib cranes in Bangkok

8 January 2018 by Sotiris Kanaris


Thai Obayashi is using two Liebherr 160 HC-L cranes and a Liebherr 125 HC-L to construct the Samyan Mitrtown project in Bangkok’s central business district.

The project, whose name translates loosely as “Three Neighbourhood Town,” will feature a 33-floor residential and hotel tower, a 32-floor Grade A office tower, and a six-storey retail area.

Two of the Liebherr cranes, a 160 HC-L and a 125 HC-L, arrived on site early 2017, and the other 160 HC-L arrived in December 2017.

The 125 HC-L is part of the Thai Obayashi’s fleet, while the 160 HC-L cranes are rented from STIT, Liebherr’s distributor in Thailand. 

The 125 HC-L was selected because it has a small tower section of 1.6 x 1.6m, enabling it to fit into a lift shaft. This model is a climbing unit and can lift a maximum of 6t, and 1.9t at the end of its 50m jib.

The 160 HC-L is also a climbing unit, but on that working area of the jobsite the need is for heavier loads, notably lifting precast items that require 2t at the end of its 55m jib.

The cranes will remain on site until the beginning of 2019, with Samyan Mitrtown due to be completed and open by the third quarter of that year.