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The launch event, in November 2018, for the giant Sarens SGC 250.


Strong demand drives crane innovations


Increasing demand for heavy lifting services from the energy and construction sectors is expected to create multiple opportunities in the crawler crane market. Sophie Barnes reports.


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ovember 2018 saw the launch of the giant Sarens SGC 250. The Belgium-headquartered heavy lift


and engineered transport specialist christened the successor to the SGC 140 at its facilities in Ghent. Boasting a maximum lifting moment of


250,000 tonne/metres, the ring-based heavy lift crane has completed most of its test lifts and will be ready to enter service in the first


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Sarens said that the SGC 250 will set the standard for heavy-duty cranes. Its future roles are likely to be newbuild nuclear power plant projects and large FPSO modular installations.


quarter of 2019, said ceo Wim Sarens. The new SGC 250 has a maximum lifting


capacity of 5,000 tonnes. The main boom, measuring up to 160 m long, can be supplemented with a 100 m long, heavy-duty jib. According to Sarens, when the combination of size and capacity are considered, the crane is the largest in the world to date. Sarens added that the SGC 250 will set


the standard for heavy-duty cranes, and has the potential to be mobilised to a variety of


jobs once its four-year role in the construction of the Hinkley Point C nuclear power plant in the UK is complete. Its future roles are likely to be newbuild


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