May 6 - Johnson Crane Hire has established Johnson Renew, which will focus on the growth of the company's work in the renewable energy industry.

Johnson has spent the past three years undertaking heavy lifts as part of the construction and maintenance of wind farms across South Africa.

Now the company says that it is a prominent contractor in the South African government's Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement (REIPPP) programme, where it is working alongside multinational specialists in renewable energy projects.

Cornelis Grotius, general manager of Johnson Crane Hire's heavy lift division, says that the establishment of Johnson Renew provides the group with the focus it needs to grow its presence in the wind energy market, as well as other key renewable energy projects.

The company also intends to target concentrated solar power (CSP) projects as part of the new venture.

Grotius believes that the REIPPP programme will continue to create immense opportunities for local companies.

Johnson states that it has already undertaken lifts for Vestas and Siemens, recently mobilising its team to the Gibson Bay wind farm construction site. The company has access to a large fleet of Liebherr cranes, ranging in capacity from 8 to 750 tonnes.