Argentinian power plant operator opts for technology
Terex Port Solutions (TPS) achieves another success in South America. The Argentinian power plant operator AES Argentina Generacion S.A. (AES) has ordered a Terex Gottwald Model 2 portal harbour crane in the G HSK 2224 variant from TPS. From the end of 2016, AES will use the cargo handling machine in its 1,540 MW power plant in San Nicolás de los Arroyos to unload coal imported from Colombia and South Africa. The G HSK 2224 crane will be the first Model 2 in the world designed as a portal harbour crane. It will replace the ageing cargo handling equipment in the river terminal located approximately 200 km to the north west of the Atlantic estuary of the Rio Paraná.
Efficient coal handling
The versatile portal harbour crane based on Terex Gottwald mobile harbour crane technology features a 32-t grab curve and a maximum lifting capacity of 80 t. It offers an outreach up to 40 m and maximum lifting speeds of 85 m/min and will be used at the terminal of the AES power plant for efficient coal handling on vessels of the Panamax class. The machine will be driven particularly cost-effectively by external power from the terminal’s own supply. TPS will adapt the crane portal with 10 m track gauge and 6 m clearance height to individual local conditions. This includes rail-bound travel units that comprise a total of 24 wheels – six in each corner – in order to comply with maximum permissible rail loading. Guillermo Paponi, Operations Director for Argentina: “With the G HSK 2224 we have opted for a state-of-the-art solution that specifically meets our requirements for cargo handling rates and design of the crane portal and is also based on proven Terex Gottwald mobile harbour crane technology.”
Terex Gottwald portal harbour cranes can be ideally incorporated into both existing and new terminal infrastructures and particularly allow for operation of conveyor belts, trains and road trucks below the portals. There is currently increased demand in South America for mobile harbour crane technology on rail-mounted portals. Daniel Vanegas Torres, Regional Sales Manager TPS: “In Brazil, two Model 6 and two Model 4 portal harbour cranes are already working in the demanding area of fertilizer handling. The four machines are each tailored to very specific individual terminal requirements. We are delighted that a customer in the neighboring country of Argentina has now opted for one of these adaptable cranes – a success to which Schoss S.A., our TPS distributor from Argentina, has also contributed.”