“Big Carl” completes first major lift at Hinkley Point C

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Saren Sgc 250 Ring Crane At Hinkley Point C

The world’s largest crane Sarens SGC-250 aka “Big Carl”, has completed its first major fit at Hinkley Point C nuclear power station in the UK.

Sarens SGC-250 will perform a series of more than 700 lifts in the next four years, on behalf of client Bylor and project owner EDF/NNB.

The loads will range from precast concrete elements to pipe sections, steel rings, and machinery equipment weighing between 10 to 1,600 tonnes. In addition, Sarens SGC-250 will also be lifting five major components of each unit’s steel containment liner and dome.

Designed For Heavy Lift, Engineered to Heavy Lift

The SGC-250 was designed in-house and specifically engineered according to the clients’ lifting schedule and requirements. It will be working at three different locations on-site, using rails to travel between each site. The flexibility and mobility of SGC-250 is the key feature of the ring crane. it has two sets of wheels designed both for 360° slewing and for travel between lift positions. The SGC-250’s ability to relocate, fully-rigged, from one lift position to another makes it one of the most unique cranes in the global heavy lifting industry.

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Sarens SGC-250 has a maximum load moment of 250,000 tm, enabling an astonishing 5,000 tonnes mega heavy lift. Even at a radius of 100 metres, it is still able to lift a 2,000 tonnes load.

The “Big Carl”, the 5,000-tonne capacity super heavy-lift ring crane has been deployed to Hinkley Point C in last year around Aug / Sep period for assembly and rigging.

In order to make a success lift, every little detail has to be considered. Check out the 3D animation video by Sarens ahead of its inauguration.

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