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Riwal ultra boom power supports giant biomass plant

Teeside Biomass Riwal booms

The world’s tallest boom lifts have been playing a critical role in the construction of the world’s largest biomass energy plant.

Up to four JLG 1850SJ ultra booms, supplied by Riwal UK, have been working together at the Tees Renewable Energy Plant (TeesRep) at Tees Port, on Teesside.

The machines, which deliver a maximum working height of 58.56 metres each, have been used to position operators during steel erection.

Michael Moore, Riwal UK Business Development Manager, said: “It is unusual to have one customer requiring four JLG 1850SJ ultra booms together at the same time on one site.

“However, modern construction methods require a modern approach, and we expect the sight of very large boom lifts being used in this way will become increasingly common.

“Riwal can support our client in providing a safe and productive way to work at such an extreme height because we have invested significantly in super and ultra booms.

“Also, part of a global powered access hire company, with significant operations on the Continent, we can source multiple specialist booms for clients quickly and cost-effectively.”

Ultra boom lift hire – the safe, fast, sustainable option

The £650m power plant will burn wood chips and pellets to fire a 299MW circulating fluidised bed boiler and a steam turbine.

Due to be commissioned by the end of 2019, it is expected to be capable of generating enough energy for the equivalent of 600,000 homes.

The height and complexity of the plant – it has a 71-metre-high boiler house, 65-metre pellet storage and ash silos, topped off with a 95-metre exhaust stack – make Riwal’s ultra and super booms a sensible choice.

For key construction tasks, they allow safe, fast, and sustainable working at height solutions, without the need for more costly and time-consuming solutions, such as scaffolding.

Riwal delivers MEWP hire power across the range

Riwal also provided other mobile elevating work platforms (MEWPs), including the JLG 660SJ diesel boom lift, which has a maximum working height of 22 metres

Michael Moore said: “TeesRep is one of many very impressive structures that large boom lifts supplied by Riwal are helping to build.

“We have the right access machines for all stages of the build programme, from steel erection to fit-out.

“Thanks to our expertise with large projects, we have a good understanding of our clients’ working at height challenges and what they need in terms of safety, productivity, just-in-time delivery and operator training.”


For more information about onhiring Riwal’s ultrabooms and our other powered access platforms, contact our friendly hire desk on 0844 335 2993.