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5th August 2016

Ainscough Heavy Crane Hire Deliver South Yorkshire Power Lift


Members of the Ainscough Heavy Cranes team have undertaken a series of lifts at the new Biomass Power Plant in the Templeborough area of Rotherham, South Yorkshire.

Following the successful activity delivered by the Sheffield Depot during construction of the plant’s steel frame in the spring, the Heavy Cranes team have now lifted four 55-tonne economisers into position at the site.

Economisers are used as heat exchangers, pre-heating the water with ‘waste’ heat from the energy generating process. The pre-heated water is subsequently boiled to create the steam which turns the energy-generating turbines in many power stations.

Using a 600-tonne Terex TC2800-1 strut jib crane, the teams lifted the four units into position over a number of hours. Owing to the constraints of the site, the only available location for the lift meant that it had to take place from the opposite bank of the River Don.

Heavy Cranes General Manager, Andrew Winter said: “It’s a site we are very familiar with and it has its own unique set of circumstances which require us to be flexible in our approach to deliver safely and efficiently for our customers.”

Crane data:

    • Configuration: SSL


  • Main boom: 60.0m lattice boom
  • Standard Counterweight: 200t
  • SL counterweight: 150t, with tray at 15.0m radius


Ainscough has been appointed to provide contract lifts by the joint venture partnership of Interserve, the international support services and construction group, Babcock & Wilcox Vølund. It won the £150 million construction contract for the new power plant which is being delivered by the Brite Partnership.

Based in Templeborough, Rotherham, the power plant will be fuelled with locally sourced waste wood and have a capacity of 45 MW. The power output generated from the plant will be equivalent to the energy consumption of 70,000 households and result in an annual carbon dioxide reduction of 360 tonnes.

The new facility is expected to be fully operational in the second quarter of 2017. The Biomass fuel used in the facility will be sourced on a long-term contract from Stobart Biomass Group.

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