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Konecranes supplies cranes to electrical generation market

Leading lifting solution provider Konecranes is expanding its range of crane services to customers in electrical generation and distribution who require maximum up-time and reliability from the heavy lifting equipment.

Northern Utility Resources Generation has chosen Konecranes as its crane service partner at its Kedah plant, which provides 220 Mw of electricity to the Kulim Hi Tech Park, Malaysia – the Asia headquarters for more than 50 companies.

Technology leaders relying on NUR’s power include AIC Semiconductor, Axcellis Technology, BASF Electrical, Fuji Electric, Hertz (Sime Darby), First Solar, Intel, Maybank, Novellus, Schenker, Toyo Memory Technologies and Wafergen Bio Systems.

NUR’s Kulim co-generation plant – involving four gas generators and two steam generators driven by heat from the gas generator processes – is dedicated to providing reliable supply to the Park through its high technology facilities serviced and maintained by a total of seven production and service cranes from Konecranes.

The cranes are integral to the energy production process, being used for everything from lifting turbines and rotors for periodic maintenance to day-to-day service of diverse, heavy, delicate and expensive workpieces.

“This is a very versatile site, set up to ensure security of electricity supply to customers who require world’s best standards of reliability,” said Energy Management Services Mechanical Supervisor Johnny Lillis.

“We have to be available all the time. If we did have an outage, we would have to repurchase power from the grid, which costs us more. So we are strongly focussed on business partners such as Konecranes to provide optimum reliability and safety,” said Lillis, whose company is operational, management and maintenance contractor for NUR Generation Sdn Bhd.

To service NUR’s 2X20 ton, 2X10 ton, 2X1 ton gantry cranes and its 3-ton workshop crane, Energy Management Services chose Konecranes, the OEM of its cranes and the world’s leading crane services organisation, with more than 373,000 cranes of all makes under service contracts worldwide.

“Ideally we always prefer to deal with the OEM, for three main reasons,” said Lilllis. “First, they know their machines better than any ABC cranes company – and this has benefits in terms of reliability and efficiency.

“Second is availability of parts. Konecranes have the best range, better than any ABC company. And, in addition to availability of spares, a third reason for dealing with the OEM is that they will be the fastest to react when we need them to,” said Lillis, whose company is backed by the service resources of Konecranes Malaysian branch and Konecranes Regional HQ in nearby Singapore.

Konecranes Singapore won Konecranes Group Best Service Award for 2010. Konecranes branches in Australasia have also won local, State and national awards for service excellence.

“We are continuously dealing with some of the world’s leading electricity generators, and operating within their specialist environments, processes and needs,” Konecranes said in a statement.

“This isn’t the type of industry where they can afford anything less than world class reliability and reaction time. With the price of energy escalating throughout Asia, the benefits of being online continuously are priceless, while the penalties for downtime can be huge.

“There is just no substitute for having experienced local staff available 24 hours, backed by a regional and global leader in the field.”

Konecranes ST Model gantry cranes and its workshop crane are serviced by a Penang team led by service supervisor  Heng Weng Thai under the direction of Konecranes operations manager, Malaysia, Stephane Sene.

Konecranes provides cranes for power generation processes, including:

•Gas Turbine Power Plants
•Combined Cycle Power Plants with gas and steam turbines/coal to gas-fired liquefied natural gas
•Conventional steam turbine pants, coal to oil-fired
•Diesel engine plants
•Hydro Power Stations
•Slide gate gantries
•Cranes for production of windmills, geothermal equipment, solar panels
•Nuclear plant maintenance cranes
•Modernisations of all makes
•Maintenance services and spare parts

Product range, includes:

•Gas turbine power plants, cranes for 20-160 tonnes
•Combined Cycle Power plants, cranes for 10-160 tonnes
•Combined Cycle Power plants, Single shaft turbine application, cranes for 50-400 tonnes
•Conventional steam turbine plants, cranes for 50-400 tonnes
•Hydro power stations, cranes for 100-1000 tonnes
•Maintenance and workshop cranes for 1-160 tonnes

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