Dismantling World's Largest Tower Crane
Location: Fort McMurray, AB
Syncrude Canada Ltd, a major customer of Northern Crane Services since 2003, contracted us to dismantle the Kroll K-10000, the world’s largest tower crane, in the middle of Syncrude’s Sulfur Emissions Reduction unit in Fort McMurray, Alberta in 2011. Northern Crane Services had been involved with the assembly of this monstrous crane in 2008. Imported from Denmark, the Kroll K-10000 utilized a footprint of just 40 square feet to operate and could perform approximately 98% of the lifts Syncrude required during the 3-year plant construction phase.
The disassembly project was no easy feat as there was now extremely limited space around the Kroll K-10000. For this project, crawler cranes were mobilized from NCSG fleets on both sides of the Canada/USA border. The primary lift crane was the Manitowoc 18000 from Mullen Crane and Transport’s fleet, supported by two Liebherr machines, an LR-1200 and an LR-1300, both from Northern Crane Services’ Fort McMurray location. The team used a number of innovative techniques to protect the workers below as the plant remained live during the entire process. The company disassembled the tower crane in only 43 days with zero incidents.
This project was nominated for the Specialized Carriers and Rigging Association's Rigging Job of the Year (>$750,000) award at an event in Austin, TX. Watch our video application for the award highlighting the project.