Lomma crawlers on Ice Mountain

By Laura Hatton03 July 2013

A Manitowoc crawler cranes at the Sandy Ridge Wind Farm in Tyrone, Pennsylvania, US

A Manitowoc crawler cranes at the Sandy Ridge Wind Farm in Tyrone, Pennsylvania, US

US crane specialist Lomma Crane & Rigging supplied two of its Manitowoc crawler cranes to erect wind turbines at Sandy Ridge Wind Farm in Tyrone, Pennsylvania, USA.

Lomma Crane & Rigging, based in New Jersey, USA, used a 660 US ton (600 tonne) capacity Manitowoc 18000 crawler crane with a 98 metre boom and a 300 US ton (272 tonne) capacity 2250 crawler with 91 m boom. In total 25 Gamesa G87 wind turbines, standing up to 101 m tall, were installed.

The crawlers and crews had to deal with sub zero temperatures, powerful winds, difficult terrain and large amounts of snow. Steve Burkholder, heavy lift manager at Lomma's Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, location, said, “Despite the challenging conditions, our Manitowoc cranes operated smoothly the entire time.”

Sandy Ridge Wind Farm will have the capacity to generate 125 GWh of electricity a year.

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