Three Linden Comansa tower cranes to build the largest hydroelectric plant in Colombia

Three Linden Comansa tower cranes are currently operating on the site of the future Ituango hydroelectric power station.

This plant will be intended, once commissioned in late 2018, to be the largest power plant in Colombia. It will generate up to 2400 megawatts of clean energy, nearly twice that of the San Carlos, currently Colombia’s largest power plant with a generating capacity of 1240 megawatts.

To carry out the construction of the power plant, no fewer than 3 Linden Comansa tower cranes are mobilised.

The first two, a 21LC450 with a height under hook of 54,6m and a maximum load capacity of 20 tonnes and a 16LC185 with a height under hook of 59.5m that can handle a load of up to 8 tonnes, have been assembled on a folding cross base with travelling system so they can be moved on tracks installed on the ground. This configuration allows them to cover a larger surface area faster.

The third crane, an 11LC160 with a height under hook of 40 metres and a maximum load capacity of 8 tonnes, has been in three different locations but still very close to the other two cranes. It was installed in an area higher than the spillway in order to be used to help build the tunnel which will provide road access to the spillway. Once this initial work was completed, the crane was mowed to a slightly lower area for the construction of two intake tunnels, which will take water from the reservoir to the machine room and turnines.