Belgian firm Sarens unveils world’s largest heavy-lift crane

The SGC 140 has taken over the title from ‘Big Benny’.
The SGC 140 has taken over the title from ‘Big Benny’.
Belgian heavy lifting maven Sarens has unveiled a titanic heavy-lift crane SGC 140, which is likely to hold on to the title for only two years after which the firm will launch an even bigger lifter.

The SGC 140 has taken over the title from ‘Big Benny’ (SGC 120) which had hitherto been the biggest heavy-lift crane in Saracen’s stable.

Dubbed ‘Bigger Benny’, the new lifter measures a whopping 44 metres in diameter and has a 4,000 tonne counterweight comprising 40 counterweight containers.

The crane has same lifting capacity as ‘Big Benny’ but it can carry weights around a bigger radius – which allows it to work on bigger projects without having to be dismantled and moved to a different position.

The SGC 140 has already clinched its first job. It has been leased by Tengizchevroil (TCO), a conglomerate that includes ExxonMobil, Chevron, Lukoil of Russia, and KazMunay Gas, the Kazakhstan state operator, which is carrying out a $36.8 billion expansion of Tengiz oil field in Kazakhstan.

After the Kazakhstan project, the SGC 140 will be deployed in the United Kingdom to help build several nuclear power stations that have been sanctioned by the UK government.

Sarens is one of the biggest heavy lifting specialists in the world. The firm operates 1,600 cranes in 65 countries and has traditionally relied on top league manufacturers such as Liebherr of Switzerland to supply it with the equipment.

However, six years ago the company began operating “Big Benny” – the first heavy-lift crane it designed and fabricated. The SGC 120 has a maximum lift of 3,200 tonnes – about 250 double-decker buses.

After the SGC 140, Sarens is now working on an even bigger crane – the SGC 250 – which will hit the market in 2019.
Details of the proposed crane are scanty, but it is understood that it will be a 250,000-tonne metre version, which could be named ‘Biggest Benny’.