It will be world’s largest offshore overhead gantry crane, according to Enerpac.
The crane has been ordered by a consortium of Bouygues Travaux Publics, Vinci Construction and Demathieu Bard Construction and will operate from a barge being used to construct the offshore highway.
The barge will be used to pick up concrete precast foundation elements - gravity base, pile head and segments - at the harbour and position them on the seabed. The Enerpac crane will make at least 200 foundation block lifts.
The 5,400m coastal highway (Route du Littoral) will connect Saint Denis - the administrative capital of La Réunion - with La Possession. It replaces the existing coastal road, which is exposed to falling rocks and flooding from swells and tropical storms. Earlier this week, the project secured a €500m loan from the European Investment Bank.
The crane is being built at the Enerpac Integrated Solutions manufacturing facility in Hengelo in the Netherlands.