A 20-tonne capacity CXTD double girder crane supplied by leading equipment manufacturer, Konecranes, is helping Norfolk-based Conductor Installation Services Ltd (CIS) realise greater operational flexibility and production efficiencies.
Installed in the company’s new purpose-built head office and 1800 sq m workshop facility located at Beacon Park, Great Yarmouth, the crane system is being deployed to facilitate the movement of conductors and hydraulic impact hammers around the workshop area. These are utilised worldwide to create foundations for new oil and gas wells, platforms, subsea structures, bridges and jetties. The crane installation also enables CIS to complete the loading of such equipment within the confines of the facility, prior to transportation for shipment via road.
As Neil Batty, CIS Group QHSE Manager states: “Not only does the new crane obviously have the capacity to meet our lifting requirements, both current and projected, it now means that hammers, conductors and piles can be loaded indoors and with much greater speed and efficiency. Previously this operation was carried out by hiring in a mobile crane, which was not only costly and less efficient, it meant the whole process had to be undertaken outdoors.”
With a span of 29 metres, the double girder crane is equipped with Konecranes versatile and accurate CXT wire rope hoist and mobile pendant. An indispensible crane and hoist within an assembly workshop or industrial plant, the latest technology is incorporated for improved load accuracy, versatility, and ease of use. Such operational characteristics are driven by inverter control smart features, like sway control and automated positioning, whereas enhanced safety is delivered through the deployment of high-performance brakes and flexible wire ropes.
Furthermore, adaptive speed range means loads move at optimal levels, improving productivity and saving energy consumption. The industrial crane installation at CIS was not only installed and commissioned by Konecranes, it will be maintained and serviced by a team of Service Technicians based at the company’s District Service Centres located in Castle Donington and Rochester.
“In addition to having utilised Konecranes lifting equipment at our previous location, which displayed very good reliability over its ten year service life, CIS has also enjoyed excellent service support from Konecranes engineers, so the decision to specify the new equipment was a logical one. Feedback from those using the crane and the CXT hoist has already been very positive, with the overall response being that it is lifting very well,” adds Neil.
Constructed by main contractors, R G Carter of Drayton, Norwich, the CIS facility has been designed to support the company’s developing presence within the conductor and pile installation sector. In addition to providing space for the storage and renovation of pile driving equipment in what is a clean workshop environment, a dedicated spray booth is also integral to the building’s structure.
A member of Acteon’s Conductors, Risers and Flowlines group, CIS is the only company that is solely dedicated to the process of installing conductors and piles. CIS takes responsibility for full project management for installing conductors anywhere in the world, its primary objective being to employ hammer services to install conductors and drive piles with the highest standard of structural integrity, reliability and safety.