18 Terex TCs build Copenhagen metro

Tower cranes a major part of $2.3bn project

Copenhagen Metro's Team Towers

Copenhagen Metro’s Team Towers

Terex tower cranes are playing a major role in Copenhagen’s $2.3bn metro extension project. When the Copenhagen metro opened in 2002 it was the first fully automated, driverless metro system in the world, a practice used in the Dubai Metro which opened in 2009.

The new 16 km underground line will feature a total of 17 stations – twelve newly-built, – and will carry about 275,000 passengers each day.

Initially, the flat top tower cranes are being used to remove excavated tunnel material, then to lift in new concrete and materials for the new construction.

The 18 tower cranes – all Terex CTT 231 models with maximum lift capacities of up to 12 tonnes and with different under hook heights  and jib lenghts – were bought because of their combination of good lift capacity with precise and easy control of movements.

The Copenhagen Metro Team (CMT purchased the cranes as part of the ‘Full Terex Package’ which includes expert advice on configuration, its positioning, erection, maintenance, training and support. This support is ongoing throughout the project and adjusts for the changing demands and client requirements for the equipment in future projects.

“The Terex tower cranes, expert advice and support have all been excellent,” said Eliseo Marsiglio, CMT’s project manager. “This is a complex contract made more difficult because of the situation in the centre of Copenhagen. These CTT tower cranes are designed for working on confined sites and have very good lift capacities – it is early days but at the moment we are very pleased with the investment.”

The majority of the cranes have been erected with a concrete base, and just one  has been erected on a travelling chassis with 30 metres of rails.

Six years after opening in 2002, the Copenhagen metro won ‘The World’s Best Metro’ title by a global jury of transport specialists impressed by its high level of stability, security and 98 percent punctuality of all trains. Because of its success, it was decided in 2005 to expand it further to include the new City Circle Line.

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