Group of 19 Potain tower cranes is aiding in the construction of 1,285MW Xayaburi Dam in the Laos. These machines are involved in work 24/7 for supporting the project and this leads to an outcome of 820 meter longer dam over Mekong River, the project will be completed in the year 2019.
According to Thamonnon Surarat who serves as the project manager
“Potain provided the best solution for us, and the company’s lifting solution department has a wealth of experience in successful dam construction,”
He also said that
“Manitowoc’s lifting solution department and Potain’s dealer, SB Siam, worked closely with us to design, implement, and maintain a unique setup that will work consistently in harsh and humid conditions with tight deadlines and a demanding work schedule. Everything is moving ahead as planned, and we are delighted with the cranes,”
The main job of cranes is to carry out the placement of RCC at 250 m3 per 60 minutes. A couple of Potain MD 1600 units are utilized for dealing with major part of the job. 64 tons behemonths are inserted with the top belt concrete placing system of Potain that was manufactured in association with the Nippon Conveyor. The extension of this system takes place twenty five meter outside the end of jib and this enables every crane to insert 600 tons of concrete per 60 minutes at radius of one hundred and five meter.
As far as the constructions related with dams are concerned you can’t regard Potain as a stranger as many of Potain’s cranes are contributing in the building of Three Gorges Dam in China. Also the units of Potain have been used for supporting Longtan Gravity Dam of Chine and the Sesan Dam of Vietnam.
The Xayaburi dam will have a length of 820 meters and width of 150 meters and it will be 35 meter tall. Xayaburi Power Company is the owner of this dam and its being estimated that yearly 7400GWh will be produced after completion of project. It will be utilized for supporting grid system of Laos as well Thailand.