Crane Hire For Energy From Waste Sector

Power generation – Allerton EfW Site

Project overview

Ainscough Crane Hire has delivered a long-term lift contract at the new Allerton Waste Recovery Park in North Yorkshire. The Allerton EfW site, being developed by Amey-Cespa, will use state-of-the-art technology to generate energy from the residual waste collected in North Yorkshire and the City of York. Construction is expected to be completed in 2017 with the new facility becoming fully operational in early 2018.

The new £36 million facility will reduce the amount of waste going to landfill in the region by 90%. Diverting this waste away from landfill and using it to generate energy, uses the material as a resource and will provide enough electricity to power the equivalent of 40,000 homes.

Why choose Ainscough?

Constructing a complex site like Allerton EfW meant combining and organising a number of different suppliers of plant hire and materials to meet the unique specifications of the build. When main contractor Vinci was let down by its tower crane provider, they turned to Ainscough Crane Hire to help come up with a solution. Having a tower crane on site was essential when moving materials for the project’s logistic needs.

Our solution was to use a mobile tower crane at the site. The main issue was that the location the crane needed to stand was at the base of a 28.5 metre concrete waste bunker. With our range of 470 cranes in our fleet, that features; city, truck mounted, all-terrain, crawler, lattice boom, mobile tower and heavy cranes meant a solution wasn’t far away.

With a Terex CC 2800-1, 600 tonne crawler crane already positioned and rigged up on site, it was planned to use the crawler crane to lift and lower the mobile tower crane into the base of the bunker.

Once in situ it could carry out the necessary lifts to complete the construction before being lifted out again.

After numerous CAD drawings, method statements and the centre of gravity calculations had all been completed, the Heavy Crane Division’s crawler crane undertook the painstaking task of lowering of the Liebherr MK110 mobile tower crane down into the bunker.

With limited rigging space and just 1.5 metres of clearance at either side, the planning paid off and the crane spent around ten weeks in the bunker before being removed.

Further details

The project began at the end of October 2014 and is scheduled to finish at the end of November 2017. Ainscough Crane Hire was contracted for the entire 37 month period and so far, there have been no reported accidents or incidents.