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Bigge 125D up and running

23. June 2012 | Comments (0)

Bigge’s first 4,000 tonne AFRD 125D heavy lift crane has been erected at the Vogtle nuclear power plant Burke County, near Waynesboro, Georgia.

UP she goes Bigge's 4,000 tonne 125D

The massive crane, which uses a 5,000 tonne in ground concrete counterweight will play a major part in construction of the Vogtle 3 and 4 generating plants.

Bigge 125D
An aerial shot shows the foundation

Bigge 125 D
The boom sections are massive

Shaw Group is building the plants - which use an advanced Westinghouse pressurised water reactor, powering a General Electric turbine and electric generator - for Southern Company

Assembly of the crane began at the start of this year, with the boom going up earlier this month. Click here to see original report on Bigge’s big lifter

Bigge 125D
Detail of the slewing gear and boom pivot

Bigge 125 D
The 80 metre long counterweight tie rod/Derrick boom anchor

The crane, rigged with 170 metres of main boom and 63 metre fixed jib can lift 3,740 tonnes at 73 metres, 760 tonnes to 195 metres and 455 tonnes to 241 metres! Most lifts for this project will be in the range of a 1,000 tonnes at long radii.

Bigge 125D
Ready to work, or at least test.
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