The world's largest crane has begun work at the Hinkley Point C nuclear power plant in the UK. This giant crane, which can lift 5,000 tonnes, moves on crane rails produced by ArcelorMittal Europe – Long Products Rails & Special Sections.
6 kilometres of rail tracks made in Luxembourg
The SGC-250 crane has two sets of wheels: one for slewing 360° and one for travelling. The wheels are moving on A150 DIN crane rails, hardest grade 110CRV, produced by ArcelorMittal Europe – Long Products’ mill in Rodange, Luxembourg.
Thanks to the 6km rail tracks laid on site, the SGC-250 can travel to the next position for lifting operations without the need for disassembly.
Frederic Goujon, Crane Rails Product Manager for ArcelorMittal Europe – Long Products Rails & Special Sections, attended the launch event and declared: “The SGC-250 crane is impressive and it is even more when you see how small the SGC-120 looks next to it. We hope to continue working with Sarens and that they will build several of these cranes – with moving platforms – for different projects around the world.”
Strong enough to lift 1,408 elephants
The SGC-250 crane is breaking all records:
The crane was officially presented at the port of Gent last November, before moving to the UK for about four years to perform all heavy lifts in the construction of the Hinkley Point C nuclear power plant.
Get more information about this crane in this 3D animation video: