Raimondi cranes building Qatar waterfront development

Italian tower crane specialist provides 10 topless cranes for Lusail project along with positioning, installation and other support services

A fleet of 10 topless tower cranes from Raimondi is building The Seef project in Qatar, with the project’s contractor Urban Trading and Contracting WLL putting them to work on one of the most anticipated residential developments in the country.

Wael Hasan, commercial director, Raimondi Middle East, said the crane models involved in the project include one each of the MRT294, MRT223 and MRT189, and two MRT144 units, which were all resold to the contractor from a previous owner. In addition, four new MRT159s were sold to the contractor and installed directly by Raimondi Middle East in January 2020.

“Currently, we have nine Raimondi cranes operating onsite, as one MRT159 was dismantled in June,” added Hassan.

Considering the differences of tower cranes at work, as well as the size and layout of the job-site, one of the key aspects 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, engineers and plant department, conducted a workshop prior to commencing work.

The MRT159 units onsite have jibs ranging between 38m and 60m and heights under hook (HUH) ranging from 74m to 125m, while the two MRT144 cranes positioned in different areas of the job-site have 61m jib configurations and 43m HUH.

“Another significant point we took into account was the fast-tracked nature of the project as the contractor was looking to install the cranes in a short timeframe to accelerate operations. 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,” said Hasan, adding that the Raimondi Operations department 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 job-site with ongoing service and monthly maintenance to ensure smooth operations and successful project completion,” Hassan added.

The cranes will be dismantled in the upcoming months as the project is expected to reach completion by the end of the year. Situated in the heart of Lusail City waterfront and in the proximity of several landmarks, the project is expected to become one Qatar’s most popular outdoor destinations.



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