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Contractors World International Vol 7 No 6



SPMT Deliver

Deep Conversion

Project Module

In the Venezuelan Orinoco Oil Belt, the

expansion of La Cruz refinery – owned

by Petroleos de Venezuela SA - is stead-

ily progressing. As part of the Deep

Conversion Project, the operating com-

pany has been continually expanding

the oil production in the state of

Anzoátegui, 300 kilometres east of

Caracas, since 2014.

Support has been provided by

Scheuerle (TII Group) customer, ALE, who recently added

another 118-tonne module to supplement current re-

finery construction activities using the Scheuerle SPMT

(Self-Propelled Modular Transporter).

For transporting the 32-metre long, 11-metre wide

and 8.5-metre high module, ALE relied on a total of 40

axle lines of the proven, self-propelled modular trans-

porter. Through the use of a so-called 4-file combination,

whereby two vehicles are arranged side-by-side, this

resulted in the creation of the required width to accom-

modate the module.

ALE easily met length requirements by using two so-

called “spacers”. These are intermediate sections which

are designed to be integrated in longitudinal




Raymond Excavating Adds Versatility

Michigan-based Raymond Excavating has expanded its

fleet with a new five-axle, Grove GMK5200-1 all-terrain


Grove dealer Walter Payton Power Equipment sup-

plied the GMK5200-1.

Raymond Excavating has taken delivery of this all-ter-

rain crane in an effort to respond to customer needs in

the east, central and southeast parts of Michigan.

Immediately, upon delivery, the crane was put to work

to assist with a variety of lifting jobs, including placement

of HVAC units, large concrete box culvers and installation

of communication towers that stand as tall as 200 ft.

Today, all of Raymond’s nine cranes are either Grove

or National Crane-branded, and president Dave Burgess

said that he has relied on Manitowoc for returns on his

crane investments over the years.

“We count on cranes that can meet our capacity

needs while being able to easily travel on

regional roads in this part of Michigan.

“The GMK5200-1 delivers on both fronts:

its 240 USt capacity is plenty for most of our

customers’ needs and its mobility allows us to

access job sites where other cranes might not.”

Brandon Burgess, vice president of Raymond

Excavating since 2012 and son of Dave Burgess, recalls

the reliable support his company has received over the

last 13 years from Walter Payton.

“Our experience with Walter Payton

has been that of a true partnership.”

“We always have good results

when crane technicians are needed.

Many times we can reach them by

cell phone and solve a problem

quickly that way, or at least buy us

some time until they can get to the


Manitowoc Cranes

Wor ldwide Panorama