July 20 - German heavy haulage provider Wasel has taken delivery of a 750-tonne capacity Liebherr LR 1750/2 crawler crane, which will be used to enhance the company's wind energy activities.

"The new LR 1750/2 with the SX boom system and VarioTray will position us perfectly for handling the new generation of wind turbines," said Wasel managing director, Matthias Wasel. "The new boom system significantly increases load capacity values and yet its transport costs are less than using the next higher crane class. The new crawler crane will be operating for around 75 percent of the time in the wind industry with its other jobs in the project business."

For the SX system, two or three 14 m long lattice sections are installed in the lower section of the main boom, which provides additional rigidity and an increased load capacity.

The VarioTray ballast system, developed by Liebherr, consists of a removable ballast frame for the derrick boom which is unbolted from the suspended ballast frame and can be used separately with up to 125 tonnes of counterweight.