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Sarens Helps Build Africa’s Tallest Bridge in Cairo

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Sarens has played a pivotal role in the construction of what is set to become one of Africa’s highest bridges, the Al Hadarat Bridge in Cairo. Over the course of several weeks, Sarens executed two lifting operations on behalf of Arab Contractors, bringing the bridge project one step closer to completion.

In the initial phase, Sarens successfully lifted and installed eleven massive steel beams, each weighing 150 tonnes and stretching 41 meters in length. To accomplish this, the crew utilized a CC4800 crane configured for SSL (Super Slim Lift) with a 66-meter main boom and 270T SL CW. After carefully hoisting each beam from its original position, the crane was expertly maneuvered into its designated location. The dedicated four-person team flawlessly executed eleven such lifts over the course of a single week.

The choice of equipment for these lifts was crucial, and it performed admirably throughout the operation. The CC4800 crane was transported to the site following its completion of a prior project. Rigging preparations consumed five days, with the team working within extremely confined spaces, at times having only a mere 10cm of clearance.

For the subsequent series of lifts, Sarens deployed the CC2600H crane, equipped with a 78-meter main boom, for another challenging high-altitude operation. The same four-person crew then installed 63 beams, each weighing a substantial 90 tonnes and measuring an impressive 50 meters in length. After carefully lifting each beam from the trailer, the team adeptly positioned it into place, successfully completing 63 such lifts within a span of three weeks.

Once again, the choice of crane was paramount due to its capacity, and precise positioning was a critical aspect of the planning phase, given the necessity for a series of tightly coordinated lifts. The crane was brought to the site following its completion of a prior project, and rigging preparations took three days. The crane’s positioning was particularly challenging, with only a scant 15cm of clearance in its immediate surroundings.

Working in close collaboration with the client, project manager Mohamed Abd El Nasser and country manager Essam Adel ensured meticulous attention to detail, from determining the number of lifts required to pinpointing exact lifting locations during installation.

Despite contending with some challenging winds, the team successfully carried out the lifts necessary for this iconic project. The world’s gaze is fixed upon the Al Hadarat Bridge project, and Sarens takes immense pride in its role in bringing this remarkable endeavor to fruition!

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