Mammoet begins assembly of land-based crane 03 July 2024

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​Mammoet has started assembling a land-based crane with a maximum capacity of 6,000t at its Westdorpe facility in the Netherlands.

The SK6000 ring crane will offer full electric operation, enabling the transition to cleaner power sources while driving down the carbon impact of energy projects.

The SK6000 is said to be capable of lifting components up to 3,000t to a height of 220 meters. Its lifting power is expected to allow customers to build more efficiently in larger pieces, shrinking the logistics, integration and mobilisation phases of projects.

According to Mammoet, the crane provides a leap forward for projects in emerging energy sectors, supporting the continued constructability of next-generation wind turbine and foundation components needed to achieve higher yields from offshore wind farms. It also unlocks new modular construction options for nuclear facilities, with increased cost-effectiveness and safety.

Following the mobilisation of all parts to Mammoet’s Westdorpe site, initial works include assembly of the crane’s base frame, power packs and control room. Mammoet’s auxiliary cranes are supporting the build, including two 250-tonne crawler cranes and a 140-tonne Gottwald mobile harbor crane.

Koen Brouwers, project manager for the SK6000, said: “This is a thrilling new chapter for Mammoet and modular construction in heavy industry, as we see the SK6000 taking shape. It will offer a hook height, outreach, and lifting capacity far in excess of any crane on the market.”

Assembly of the SK6000 is scheduled to be completed during Q4 2024.

Operations Engineer

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