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ACT acquires new 700 tonne crane from Liebherr

The new crane can be equipped with a 54 or 80 m boom. (Image Source: Liebherr)

Crane and heavy-lifting company ACT has received its first Liebherr LTM 1650-8.1 in Saudi Arabia

The new model outperforms its predecessor, LTM 1500-8.1, by 15 to 50% in terms of load capacity ? depending on the equipment. "We wanted to have Saudi Arabia's first LTM 1650-8.1. ACT has always been a pioneer and has set standards in the crane business in Saudi Arabia. And we have now done this once again with the new 700-tonne crane," said Hassan Mohammed Rashid Al-Naimi, founder and president of ACT.

When purchasing the LTM 1650-8.1, the company acquired both telescopic boom lengths in the process. The new crane can be equipped with a 54 or 80 m boom. To switch between them, only the corresponding telescopic sections must be changed, rather than the entire boom. This option allows utilising the advantages of both boom variants.

The 80 m boom offers large hoist heights and radii, making ACT's new 700-tonne crane suitable for jobs that fall between the capabilities of the LTM 1500-8.1 and LTM 11200-9.1. The 54 m telescopic boom offers advantages in terms of mobility, allowing the crane to travel on the road with the front supports and a 12-tonne axle load. To minimise the set-up time, however, the rear supports are installed as complete support boxes in a single hoist and connected using quick couplings.

ACT purchased its first Liebherr crane in 1987. In total, ACT operates 238 cranes, 180 of which were manufactured by Liebherr. Headquartered in Jubail, the company has offices in Dubai, Riyadh, Dammam and Yanbu and employs a total of 1,000 people. The company's focus is on crane rental and operations in refinery maintenance and decommissioning.