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16th March 2017


Ainscough Crane Hire supports Palm Paper Mill restoration after fire

Ainscough Crane Hire’s heavy cranes team have helped the owners of the Palm Paper Mill in Kings Lynn, Norfolk, return to production after the plant was damaged by fire.

Firefighters were involved in bringing the blaze under control at the mill which is situated on the town’s Saddlebow Industrial Estate.

Using a Terex CC2800-1 crawler crane, the team completed a series of lifts which were delivered alongside a static tower crane which was on site for use in construction.

With lightweight roof panels and various internal items removed by the tower crane, the crawler crane was brought in to first remove three concrete roof trusses which were too heavy for the tower crane to handle. This gave access to the heavy items inside the building which needed to be removed including three 100 tonne paper reams and a 25 tonne double gantry crane.

In addition, a Liebherr LTM 1500-8.1 all-terrain mobile crane was used to remove the integral gantry crane and for the installation of a new model before the roof trusses could be installed and the roof covering restored.

Heavy cranes’ project engineer, Igor Scalas, said: “The real challenge of the project was operating in very tight proximity to the static tower crane. Clearly these were difficult circumstances for the mill operators and we had to deliver a number of challenging lifts and deliver them safely. We achieved everything we set out to do and our work on this part of the project has led to subsequent work on the site.”

The plant produces 400,000 tonnes of high-quality newsprint paper every year.

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