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Mission possible: Terex Crane Superlift 3800 erects wind turbine

GÖDENROTH/ GERMANY, July 12 , 2013 - The crawler crane Superlift 3800, newest member of the Terex Cranes family was able to demonstrate its performance characteristics while erecting an Enercon E101 turbine at the Gödenroth wind farm in the Hunsrück mountain range.


Terex Crane Superlift 3800 setting up an Enercon E101 turbine at the Gödenroth wind farm

The 650 tonne (716 US t) Terex Superlift 3800 lattice boom crawler crane at the Gödenroth wind farm. | photo: Terex

In April  2013, the performing company Steil Kranarbeiten GmbH picked up its new Superlift 3800 crawler crane at the Terex Zweibrücken location and took it directly to its first work site in Gödenroth. The company required a total of 30 trucks, including four heavy goods vehicles, to transport the Superlift 3800 crawler crane including a 138 m boom with 12 m LF, over 305 t of counterweight and all the necessary components. The team started setting up the crane the very same day it was delivered. When assembling the boom, the team deployed the Terex fall protection system, which comes as standard and enabled the personnel to work at height while being protected by lanyards. With all this, the team was able to carry out the setup process safely, efficiently, and cost-effectively and finish just two days later.

With an LSL+LF_4 138 m + 12 m configuration, the Terex Superlift 3800 crawler crane was ready to lift the wind turbine’s components. The first components to be lifted were two tower sections with a weight of 56 and 58 tonnes. Shortly after came the heaviest component: the nacelle, which had a gross weight of 67 tonnes and was lifted to a height of 135 meters. The final step consisted of mounting the rotor blades – the biggest challenge in any wind turbine erection project. For this project, blades were mounted individually, and the new Superlift 3800 crane handled the three lifts.

Performed with Support from Terex

As this was Steil’s first jobsite with the Terex Superlift 3800 crawler crane, three Terex team members provided on-site support and training to the Steil team. They briefed Steil’s assembly technicians during the crane setup process and helped the crane operator become familiar with the way his new machine operated. After minor delays due to weather conditions, the wind turbine was fully erected in a couple of days making the debut of the Superlift 3800 crawler crane a successful one. bi