Mammoet’s equipment to support the Brazilian wind sector
Many wind farms in several countries, including Brazil, have narrow inland roads 6-7m wide. This restricts the use of conventional crawler cranes, as conventional machines are severely restricted in moving between turbines. Narrow-gauge cranes can crawl between turbines without partial or partial dismantling, saving money in civil works and time for dismantling, transporting and later replacing the crane.
Mammoet, one of the world’s largest heavy-lift transportation and lifting service providers, has introduced a CC2800-1 narrow gauge to its fleet in Brazil to support the country’s wind industry. This updated machine will strengthen the company’s position in the local wind market, which is one of the fastest growing markets in South America.
Newly converted CC2800-1 NT from Mammoet.
The 600 t CC2800-1 crane was originally located in Texas, USA; however, it was not used. Teams in Brazil and Texas recognized that converting the existing machine to a narrow gauge configuration would bring new life and a much needed addition to the Brazilian fleet. While still in Texas, the crane underwent a complete conversion from the standard 9.9m wide track to the newly updated 5.3m wide narrow track configuration. The crane software has also been updated and thoroughly checked by in-house teams as well as by technicians from the Demag plant.
Along with the track conversion, the Mammoet team invested in additional boom sections and a fixed boom, which fully complement the layout required to perform the wind work. With these modifications, the crane has the ability to lift turbine components with hub heights of up to 125m high. This fleet extension increases the company’s capacity in the region, complementing the existing fleet, while adding flexibility and greater availability for work. After the upgrade was completed, team members from the United States and Latin America collaborated on the logistics and safe movement of the crane.
Assembly of the CC-2800-1 NT crane.
Mammoet has a high level of expertise in the wind energy industry, having been involved in the engineering, lifting, transportation and installation of over 9,000 turbines around the world. Since the first wind projects, the company has transported, erected and installed turbines for all types of onshore and offshore projects, from a single prototype to large-scale wind farms and under many different conditions.
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