Worlds Largest Crane heading for Hinkley

The world’s largest crane will start work at the Hinkley nuclear site next year for the BYLOR joint venture of Bouygues and Laing O’Rourke.

The SGC-250 (Sarens Giant Crane-250) can lift 5,000 tonnes and operate at a height of 250 metres and radius of 275 metres.

At Hinkley a rail network constructed on site means the giant machine will be able to travel between different key lift locations.

It will be used to move more than 600 pre-fabricated components including the five major parts of each nuclear unit’s steel containment liner and dome.

The SGC-250 was launched earlier this month at the port of Ghent in Belgium by Sarens.

It will be moved to a lay down yard near Hinkley before 280 trucks runs will be required to deliver the entire SGC to the site.