Wolff cranes to stay in Mecca until 2012

Enlargement of holy site to continue to May next year

The holy site required maximum precision in the assembly and maximum output from the cranes
The holy site required maximum precision in the assembly and maximum output from the cranes

Wolffkran and Saudi partner Roots Group have revealed that they expect the 44 Wolff cranes currently deployed at the holy site of Mecca to be in action until May 2012 as work on the al-Haram mosque continues.

Building at the holy site brings its own unique challenges, said Wolffkran. The project demanded that the cranes were pre-assembled outside of the premises and, as only Muslims are allowed inside the site, numerous training sessions were carried out in advance with technicians on the assembly and disassembly of the crane.

"An efficient building site solution requires professional planning work, so that only the required number of construction cranes are used in a small space," explained Jareer Jadallah, managing director of Wolffkran Arabia.

In the first construction phase 20 luffing cranes were assembled and this was followed in the second phase a pack of luffer and overhead gantry models in the middle to upper load torque area.

“The free standing tower heights of the red giants also provide a particular advantage on the cramped building site,” said the company.

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