Tower crane specialist Marr Contracting has been awarded a contract to provide specialised heavy lifting crane services for the Lostock Sustainable Energy Plant (LSEP) near Northwich, Cheshire, in the UK.


Working in conjunction with engineering, procurement and construction management (EPCM) contractor Black & Veatch, Marr developed a two-crane solution for the project, utilising the world’s largest capacity luffing tower crane, the M2480D. 

The solution offers lift capacities of up to 110 tonnes and a reach of up to 73 m to lift the 70-tonne drum and boiler waterwalls weighing 85 tonnes. One M2480D will be used on the Marr Transit System (MTS) – a rail system that extends the reach and coverage of the tower crane over the site without any loss of capacity. The second unit will be installed on a static base.

Simon Marr, managing director, said: “With the ability to lift in larger, heavier components, our approach will reduce the number of lifts required, helping to deliver a safer, more productive site.”

A joint venture between Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (CIP) and FCC Environment, the LSEP will be a 60 MW energy from waste (EfW) plant that is expected to be operational by 2025.

Black & Veatch has been selected as EPCM contractor, while Babcock & Wilcox Renewable, a segment of the global clean energy technology group Babcock & Wilcox, has also been appointed to support the delivery of the power train.