Contractors World International Vol 7 No 6
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
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