- The new Liebherr cranes will meet customers’ demand for modern, efficient, flexible machines
- The main areas of work for the LTM 1650-8.1 and LR 1700-1.0 are wind power and the petrochemicals industry
- The LR 1700-1.0 becomes the new company flagship
Spanish contractor Grúas Leman has chosen the Liebherr Group to carry out its programme of renewal and expansion for its fleet. It has invested in two new powerful Liebherr cranes, an LTM 1650-8.1 and an LR 1700-1.0. The 700-tonne crawler crane becomes the company’s new flagship. The main areas of work for the two new cranes will mainly be in wind power and the petrochemicals industry.
“Our customers are asking for this type of modern, efficient, flexible machine and we have undertaken to provide a strong answer to this challenge”Emilio Molero, Operations Manager at Grúas Leman SA.
The Spanish company decided to buy the LTM 1650-8.1 and the LR 1700-1.0 because these crane models represent the latest developments in terms of safety and crane technology. “The massive increase in work that cranes in this performance class have undergone over the last few years was, without doubt, the trigger for our decision to add these new cranes to our fleet”, continues Emilio Molero.
Innovative constructions for variable crane jobs
“The LTM 1650-8.1 will close the gap between our large telescopic cranes and the lattice boom cranes. With its high capacity, easy set-up and economical transport, it will cover the demands of the market in a single crane model”, adds Samuel Molero, Managing Director at Leman. The Liebherr mobile crane is a development of the LTM 1500-8.1 and as such features many of the innovations that Liebherr has developed for its telescopic cranes over the last few years. “Together with improved capacity, VarioBallast® and VarioBase®, the interchangeable booms and other technological innovations, this model enables us to adapt to the needs of every single job. And we can do so with the speed and cost-effectiveness that our customers demand of us every day”, continues Emilio Molero.
The Liebherr LR 1700-1.0 crawler crane is now the Grúas Leman flagship. At the end of 2021, Grúas Leman was persuaded by the features of the LR 1700-1.0 at the Liebherr Plant in Ehingen and quickly decided to buy the 700-tonne crawler crane. Samuel Molero explains the decision: “The crane has an
innovative design and lots of different configurations which simplifies transport and the set-up process massively, making it enormously flexible and economical.”
Crane jobs for wind power and the petrochemicals industry
“This type of machine enables us to tackle projects of significant size. This means that despite the current unstable situation, we can plan long-term investments and adjust our fleet accordingly”, says Miguel Ángel Malo, who is also a Managing Director at Grúas Leman. The two new Liebherr cranes are primarily destined for work in the wind power sector and the petrochemicals industry which are currently undergoing a phase of expansion and process improvement. The LR 1700-1.0, which will supplement the range of lattice boom cranes at Grúas Leman, will start its working life on projects in Germany where it is due to install turbines with hob heights of up to 165 metres and with a rating of over 5 MW.
The first job for the LTM 1650-8.1 is at the crude oil reception facilities at the Port of Tarragona. After this, it will undertake maintenance work on wind turbines in the central peninsula which will be followed by wind power projects.
Spanish company Grúas Leman SA was founded in 1980 and carries out projects throughout Spain as well as in Portugal, France and Germany. It provides crane rental and hoisting services.
Thanks to its extensive experience and a modern crane fleet which features innovative technology, it provides premium services which meet the needs of its customers. Grúas Leman currently operates cranes with lifting capacities of up to 700 tonnes as well as elevating platforms and truck loading cranes. Its head office with around 100 employees is located at La Pobla de Mafumet (Tarragona). The company also has branch offices in Castellón and Madrid.
The business relationship between Grúas Leman and Liebherr has existed for over 40 years. Liebherr Ibérica is one of the company’s strategic suppliers. Grúas Leman currently has a fleet of 50 mobile cranes, with 45 of them having been supplied by Liebherr. “Overall these years, Liebherr has stood at our side with advice and help and provided us with outstanding technical service”, says Miguel Ángel Malo finally.