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Sinopec exhibits new crane technology with washing tower lift

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China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation (Sinopec) has debuted the XGC88000 4000-t crawler crane, on 24 October at the SABIC UNITE EOEG III project construction site in Jubail Industrial City, Saudi Arabia. The XGC88000 currently holds the world record as the highest capacity crawler crane.

Representatives from Sinopec, SABIC, Samsung Engineering and more than 20 other companies were present for the debut and witnessed the moment the crane hoisted and a 1926-t washing tower – the heaviest and most crucial piece of equipment in the UNITE EOEG III project – in under five hours on its first attempt.

“With its world-leading lift capacity, the XGC88000 is well equipped for energy construction projects in the oil, chemical and coal chemical industries. It has already demonstrated its capabilities in multiple key projects within China, and we are confident that the world's largest crawler crane will continue to achieve success in the international market”, said Wang Guohua, Vice President of Sinopec Engineering Group and the GM of SEG Heavy Lifting.

Jointly developed by Sinopec and China's leading construction machinery manufacturer XCMG, the XGC88000 is one of Sinopec's flagship products. It is internationally recognised for its application of three pioneering technologies, six world-leading technologies and more than 80 national patents.

In addition to having such high lifting capacity, the XGC88000 boasts a massive lift momentum of 88 000 t/m and is equipped with a long-distance wireless remote control system for different foundation conditions. Since 2013, the model has travelled more than 30 000 km (18 641 miles) and has hoisted 150 pieces of equipment collectively weighing 120 000 t. It currently holds the hoisting world record for lifting a 2155-t piece of equipment to a height of 118 m (623 040 ft).

Following its debut, the XGC88000 will stay at Jubail to hoist two 1312-t reactors before being transported to the GAS-P9 air separation project for the National Industrial Gases Company (NIGC) in Saudi Arabia and the DUQM oil refining project in Oman.

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