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750t Liebherr for AIS Wind

UK company AIS Wind Energy has taken delivery of a new 750 tonne Liebherr LG 1750 lattice boom truck crane.

The eight axle LG 1750 has been updated over the years to meet wind turbine erection requirements with the SX/ SX2 boom configurations and heavy duty jib which provides high capacities at hook heights of up to 175 metres. Maximum tip height with the optional luffing jib is 200 metres. Other capacities that makes it an increasingly popular crane for lifting wind turbine components, include 400 tonnes at a 20 metre radius and up to 105 tonnes at a 165 metre hook height and 34 metre radius.
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The new crane sets up ready to work

AIS Wind Energy is a subsidiary of Ainscough Industrial Services, which is not related to Ainscough Crane Hire, although it is owned and managed by the member of the same founding family and is also based in Wigan.

The seven figure investment, support by funding from HSBC, is aimed at boosting AIS Wind Energy’s plans to provide a turnkey installations service for onshore wind turbine projects, as well as offering a decommissioning service. The new crane went straight to work installing 15 new turbines at the Sandy Knowe Wind Farm in Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland, and is said to be fully booked for projects through 2024. The company is looking to employ the crane in Ireland, Scandinavia and Germany as well as the UK and further afield.
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Andrew McGlade, managing director of AIS Wind Energy, said: “As the green energy sector continues to grow, wind turbines are becoming ever heavier and higher. The LG1750’s height and radius capabilities provide the capacity we need to meet market requirements as they evolve and to mobilise and demobilise turbines efficiently. It will also help us reduce transportation costs compared with crawler cranes.”

AIS group chief executive Matthew Ainscough added: “This purchase demonstrates our ongoing commitment to investing in the best equipment and people as we continue to grow – cementing our position as a wind energy installation expert throughout the UK and Europe. Our business is built on a track record of complex, technical and heavy lifting expertise in hazardous environments and this new addition will help to future proof our operations for years to come.”