Hong Kong-based Gammon Construction has taken delivery of a battery-powered Liebherr LR 1160.1 crawler crane that will be deployed on the Terminal 2 expansion project at Hong Kong international airport.


Image source: Liebherr; Handover ceremony of Liebherr’s first battery-powered crawler crane in the Asian market with customer Gammon

The crane, from Liebherr’s ‘unplugged’ range, has a maximum lifting capacity of 160 tonnes and an 84 m radius.

“With our unplugged cranes we offer our customers an alternative drive design. As we have already seen with the LB 16 unplugged, the first battery-powered drilling rig, the strategy is a complete success,” said Andreas Ganahl, managing director for sales at Liebherr Hong Kong. “Strict requirements regarding environmental sustainability in tenders for construction projects increase the demand for advanced technologies.”

According to Liebherr, the alternative drive system produces a net carbon saving of nearly 76 tonnes of CO2e every year. The battery has a charging time of 4.5 hours. while

Liebherr added that the crane can be used in both plugged and unplugged modes, which provides flexibility in its site deployment.

According to Liebherr, this unit is the first unplugged version of the LR 1160.1 in Asia.