Friday 22 October 2021

Raimondi deploys flattop tower cranes for big Qatar project

DOHA, September 20, 2021

Raimondi Middle East has announced that it has deployed 10 topless tower cranes at the construction site of one of Qatar’s major residential developments, The Seef, in Lusail City, 22 km north of Doha. 
A heritage company based in Milan, Italy, at more than 150 years old, Raimondi is a major manufacturer of topless and luffing cranes.
Considering the different tower cranes at work, as well as the size and layout of the jobsite, one of the key requirement was a careful study of the positioning of each crane to avoid jib clashing, and to ensure the highest level of site safety and productivity. 
To accomplish these aims, Raimondi’s technical team, together with the project team of Urbacon Trading and Contracting (UCC), engineers, and plant department, conducted a workshop prior to commencing work, said a top official. 
"Currently, we have nine Raimondi cranes operating onsite, as one MRT159 was dismantled in June," remarked Wael Hasan, the Commercial Director, Raimondi Middle East. 
These include five cranes - one MRT294, one MRT223, one MRT189, and two MRT144s - which were procured earlier by UCC.
"The additional four new MRT159s were sold and installed directly by Raimondi Middle East in January 2020," stated Hasan.
The MRT159s onsite have jibs ranging between 38m and 60m and heights under the hook (HUH) raging from 74m to 125m, while the two MRT144s positioned in different jobsite areas have 61m jib configurations and 43m HUH.
"Another significant point we took into account was the fast-track nature of the project as the contractor was looking to install the cranes in a short timeframe to accelerate operations," explained Hasan. 
"The MRT159, MRT189, and MRT223 were chosen for the models’ characteristics of arriving onsite with all parts preassembled, and embedded elements to facilitate the erection stage," he added.
Hasan pointed out that the Raimondi operations department had deployed four manpower groups to accelerate the process. 
The Raimondi MRT294, with a jib length of 70m and a HUH of 133m, was chosen for its maximum lifting capacity of 16t, and its strong performance in a variety of climate conditions. 
"The MRT294 is also the tallest crane currently at work on The Seef jobsite. “Raimondi Cranes is supporting the jobsite with ongoing service and monthly maintenance to ensure smooth operations and successful project completion," noted Hasan. 
"The nine cranes will be dismantled in the upcoming months as the project’s completion is expected to be by the end of the year. Situated at the heart of Lusail City waterfront and in the proximity of several landmarks, the project is destinated to become one the most popular outdoor destinations," he added.
Commenting on its role on the project, UCC Holding's Group CEO Mohd Sabri said: “UCC is delighted to be playing our role in the successful delivery of the iconic Seef development in Lusail City. UCC is deeply experienced in delivering high-profile and complex projects such as this, which require skilled project management, clear leadership and a relentless commitment to meeting construction deadlines. As the leading contractor in the Middle East, UCC has built an unrivalled reputation for providing precisely such services.” -TradeArabia News Service


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