World’s highest cooling towers take shape
Two tower cranes from Linden Comansa’s Chinese subsidiary are working on what are believed to be the world’s highest cooling towers.
The 202m-tall towers are for the Kalisindh thermal energy ‘super’ plant in India. The current record holder is the 200m tower at Niederaussem in Germany.
BGR Energy Systems is in charge of the €725m project.For the construction of the two cooling towers, BGR Energy Systems is using two 21CJ290 tower cranes from Comansa Jie, with maximum load capacity of 18t. Both have jib length of 74m, the maximum of this model, which allows them to reach the tower’s base diameter, of 142m.
To build the towers up to 202m, both cranes have been jacked-up with a hydraulic cage in different phases, until they reached 217m in height.
The construction of the first cooling tower ended this June. A new crane dismantling device, designed by Linden Comansa, was used to avoid the need for a mobile crane. The new device allows disassembly of the jib sections and for them to be hoisted down inside the cooling tower.
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This article was published on 10/08/2012 (last updated on 10/08/2012).