Terex AC350-6 on demand in Taranaki

Titan Cranes new Terex AC350-6 is proving its worth with customers in Taranaki’s oil and gas industry.

Titan’s General Manager Vaughan Clark says the crane’s capacity and capability suits the working conditions and terrain in Taranaki.

The Terex AC350-6 all terrain crane is the most compact of its class. Its roadability, heavy lifting, manoeuvres well in tight spaces, easy and quick to rig, operates efficiently; a main boom length 64m, maximum system length 126m, nominal lifting capacity 350t, combines power, reach and flexibility.

The AC350-6 was bought from Titan Equipment’s national sales manager Dean McPhee who arranged the purchase from Terex Germany where it was painted in the Titan Crane colours.

Dean took delivery of the crane when it arrived in Auckland, overseeing the engineering specifications, roadworthiness, safety and SGS rating to get it up and running.

He then drove it to the New Plymouth Branch for handover to Paul Clout, New Plymouth Branch Manager.

Paul says the new AC350 has been well received. “Our staff say it’s a great machine to work with and our customers are pleased with its performance,”

Since arriving at the New Plymouth Branch in mid-October, the crane has been working non-stop.

Jobs tackled include lifting sub sea Xmas trees at Port Taranaki for AWE Engineering as part of a pressure testing operation, prior to them being put in place on the bottom of the ocean. Then it lifted16 waste oil refinery recovery units and put them into place at Fitzroy Engineering’s yard. These units ranged from 20 to 30mtrs high, and up to 50 tonnes in weight.

The AC350 then headed south to Origin Energy’s Kupe production station between Manaia and Hawera to replace a 20 tonne motor at the plant. This involved pulling out the old motor and installing the new one

The crane is currently replacing the reformer plant heating component at the Balance Urea Plant. This work will take approximately one month to complete. It will then work with other cranes in the Titan fleet in the shut down stage of the Methanex Motonui Plant One refurbishment.

Titan Cranes new Terex AC350-6