March 16 - Sarens Group in Belgium and its Middle East division, Sarens Nass Middle East (SNME) have placed separate orders with Terex for a combined total of 33 Demag cranes.

SNME ordered 15 Demag AC 130-5 cranes while Sarens Group, as HLPFI reported last month, will receive 18 Demag all terrain cranes.

According to Sarens, SNME, which was established in 2002 as a joint venture between Belgium-based Sarens Group and Bahrain-based Nass Group, has secured various contracts in the Middle East and purchased the AC130-5s in order to execute the projects. Masroor Saeed Malik, regional director, Middle East said: "These cranes are very suitable for green field projects as well as infrastructure assignments."

According to Jan L. Sarens, group equipment trade manager for Sarens Group, "The Sarens and SNME order combined is among the largest telescopic crane orders we've placed."

Sarens' fleet consists of more than 1,500 machines, including about 500 Terex and Demag cranes.



Sarens utilised one of its existing Terex cranes in a project with AF Offshore Decom to recycle the Janice A and Murchison oil platforms, currently located in the North Sea.

Sarens' role in the operation includes the demolition and lifting of platform parts, utilising a Terex CC2800-1 crawler crane. Positioned in an SWSL configuration, the crane has a 66 m main boom and 66 m fly jib.

To reach the North Sea platforms, the crane travelled 60 hours from Norway aboard the cargo vessel Schokland, where upon arrival, the crane was utilised to lift the 50-tonne loads. "The CC2800-1 is Sarens' first large crawler crane mobilised to Norway to work in the demolition and recycling of decommissioned offshore installations," says Sarens project manager Henning Hamland.


In a separate project, Sarens transported and lifted heat recovery steam generator (HRSG) modules for the New Capital power plant, a 4,800 MW combined cycle power plant (CCPP) being built in Egypt.

The power plant is a project of Cairo Electricity Production Company (CEPC), and is expected to be fully operational by early 2018. It is part of the larger Egypt Megaproject, which involves the development of three natural gas-fired CCPPs and up to 12 wind farms by Siemens and the Egyptian Government.

With Siemens as the project lead, Orascom and Elsewedy are performing plant construction. Sarens, in turn, is working with Orascom to transport and lift the modules for this and the other two CCPP projects. Which, according to Sarens, means it will lift a total of 192 modules for each project over the course of eight months.

The New Capital power plant needed a total of eight boilers, each consisting of 24 HRSG modules. Sarens lifted a cluster of six HRSGs at a time, each weighing 700 tonnes. For this project, Sarens utilised nine 185-tonne capacity strand jacks, with individual power pack units and recoilers, three 45-tonne capacity strand jacks and 16 axles of self-propelled modular transporters (SPMT).

Meanwhile, in France, Sarens collaborated with Sogea Caroni, a subsidiary of Vinci Construction France, to assemble part of a new addition to the Nausicaà National Sea Centre in Boulogne-sur-Mer.

Sarens installed the large bay of the basin, an operation which required a CC2500-1 SSL crawler crane with a 54 m boom.  It was selected because of its 60-tonne capacity at a 45 m radius, says Sarens.

Sarens performed the lift underground to successfully install the bay in the basin.