- A Grove GMK6400 from BKL Frankfurt’s crane fleet was used to erect a storage tank on Ingelheimer Aue during the construction of a power plant with a heat storage system.
- With its powerful lifting capacity, the 6-axle crane was perfect for the demanding heavy lifting of the last component — the storage tank cover.
A Grove GMK6400 crane from BKL’s crane fleet played a key role in the construction of the new heat storage system on Ingelheimer Aue between Wiesbaden and Mainz in Germany. The specialists at the Frankfurt location of BKL Baukran Logistik GmbH planned the operation and completed the last lifting job with the powerful Grove AT crane. The crane carefully placed the cover of the heat storage container (a component weighing 35 t) on the 36 m high special container for a total height of 43 m after assembly. The diameter of the container was approx. 12 m. The GMK6400 — with a lifting capacity of 400 t and added MegaWingLift™ for additional power showed its full potential during this challenging lift, without taking up as much of a footprint as a large crane.
“During this operation, the crane had to lift a heavy load in a relatively confined space. The powerful 6-axle GMK6400 crane is an ideal crane for this type of lift,” stated BKL. “With the additional self-rigging MegaWingLift™ strength, our GMK6400 from the Frankfurt BKL fleet can handle enormous loads, which has proven to be a great advantage in placing the cover on the heat storage container.”
The cover was placed on the heat storage for district heating in just one morning. The 35-ton cover hovered in the air and was placed in the exact predetermined position within a very short time, thanks to the skill of the experienced BKL crane operator. “The GMK6400 arrived well at the site of Kraftwerke Mainz-Wiesbaden AG on the industrial peninsula and could be quickly assembled and disassembled —due to the self-rigging MegaWingLift™ hoist.” The GMK6400 was used in this project for jobs that are often planned for 7- or 8-axle cranes. This saves time and money — due to the minimal logistical effort, less effort in obtaining driving permits, and the quick and easy set-up.