Spanish rental company Grúas Leman has purchased two new Liebherr cranes, a 700 tonne LTM 1650-8.1 All Terrain, and a 700 tonne LR 1700-1.0 crawler crane which becomes the company’s new flagship.
The two new cranes have been ordered to meet rising demand in the wind power market as well as the petrochemicals industry.
The eight axle LTM 1650-8.1 includes the basic four section 54 metre boom which can easily be converted to the six section 80 metre boom and equipped with a luffing jib. The short boom provides lower axle weights and reduces transport costs and erection time whilst the long boom is available when required. The maximum 91 metre luffing jib provides a maximum lift height of 152 metres.
The LR 1700-1.0 features a 165 metre main boom, while a maximum under hook height of 198 metres can be achieved with 96 metres of main boom and 102 metres of luffing jib. It is able to handle its full capacity at a radius of 8.5 metres and has a maximum radius of 160 metres.
Leman operations manager Emilio Molero said: “Our customers are asking for this type of modern, efficient, flexible machine and we have undertaken to provide a strong answer to this challenge. 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. The LTM 1650 features many of the innovations that Liebherr has all of Liebherr’s latest technology, and improved capacities, with VarioBallast and VarioBase, interchangeable booms and other 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.”
Chief executive Samuel Molero added: “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. 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.”
Managing director Miguel Ángel Malo said: “This type of machine enables us to tackle project of a significant size. This means that despite the current unstable situation, we can plan long term investments and adjust our fleet accordingly.”
The new LR 1700-1.0 will start its working life in Germany where it is due to install turbines over 5MW with hub heights of up to 165 metres. The first job for the LTM 1650-8.1 is at a crude oil reception facility 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.”
Gruas Leman was established in 1975 and is based in La Pobla de Mafumet near Tarragona. I works on projects throughout Spain and Portugal, as well as France and Germany. It runs a fleet of 50 cranes up to 700 tonnes, along with a fleet of aerial work platforms and loader cranes. It employs around 100 staff at three locations, Tarragona, Castellón and Madrid.