Grove cranes enlisted for $670mn chemical complex

Six-strong Grove fleet supports work at Italy’s Porto Torres Green Hub

A six-strong fleet of Grove all-terrain and rough-terrain cranes are supporting construction at the Porto Torres Green Hub project in Italy.
A six-strong fleet of Grove all-terrain and rough-terrain cranes are supporting construction at the Porto Torres Green Hub project in Italy.

A six-strong fleet of Grove cranes is supporting construction at the Porto Torres Green Hub in Sardinia, Italy.

The Grove all-terrain and rough-terrain units, whose capacities range from 40 tonnes to 300 tonnes, will spend six years working at the giant chemical complex.

The cranes are being used to install an array of plant equipment and materials, including 15 tanks with capacities of up to 500m3, 17 950m, 1,188-tonne racks, 51 heat exchangers, 78 reactor vessels, eight thermal columns, 18 mixer units, 125 pumps, and 51km of piping.

“This is not the first time we’ve used our Grove cranes on a project of this size and importance and, as before, we are confident they will deliver excellent performance,” commented Luca Pibiri, general manager of main contractor and crane owner, I.COM.

“Grove cranes are durable and reliable machines, and our operators find their simple operating systems and fast [setup times] make life much easier,” he added.

The Porto Torres Green Hub project, which is situated just off the Italian coast, will see the complete conversion of the existing chemical complex from a fossil fuel plant to a bio-based production facility.

With its tight corners and an intricate maze of equipment, it is a challenging one for cranes – especially the 300-tonne-capacity Grove GMK6300L – to negotiate. The coastal location’s uneven sandy terrain also brings with it its own difficulties, but Pibiri and his colleagues contend that I.COM’s Grove cranes are up to the job.

The machines were supplied to the contractor by Grove’s Italian dealer, FIMI.

Enrico Angiolini, the South Europe director of Grove’s parent company, Manitowoc, said: “This is such a big project that needs the best equipment and the best service.

“FIMI’s staff have the expertise and the experience to fully meet the needs of the customer and ensure this ambitious project moves ahead on schedule.”

The Grove all-terrain cranes at the Porto Torres Green Hub project include two 75-tonne capacity GMK4075s, a 100-tonne capacity GMK5095, and the aforementioned GMK6300L.

The rough-terrain contingent, meanwhile, includes a 35-tonne capacity RT540E and a 45-tonne capacity RT550E, both of which were built at Grove’s Italian factory in Niella Tanaro.

I.COM is transforming the chemical facility on behalf of Matrica SpA, a joint venture between Italian chemical company, Polimeri Europa, and biodegradable plastics firm, Novamont. Once operational, the Porto Torres Gren Hub will produce bio-plastics, bio-lubricants, and bio-additives.

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