Morris cranes assist power producers

16 September 2002

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Morris Material Handling Ltd has completed contracts for a wind turbine manufacturer and a nuclear fuel production facility in the UK.

Vestas Celtic Wind Technology, a subsidiary of Vestas Wind Systems of Denmark, has built the UK's first wind turbine factory on the Mull of Kintyre in Scotland. Morris designed and installed 10 double girder overhead travelling cranes for the factory, with lifting capacities ranging from 10t to 30t.

All hoists are dual speed Morris 400 series wire rope hoists. Two of the cranes are radio controlled and all incorporate zoning and anti-collision features, as well as a load monitoring and reporting system. Morris also has a service contract for the cranes.

At British Nuclear Fuels' Springfields fuel production plant in Lancashire Morris has refurbished four 40-year-old cranes that are used for handling process equipment. This project involved the replacement of a crab unit on a 20t two point lifting EOT crane and the replacement of trolleys, end carriages, girders and control gear on the other three cranes.

The same customer also sent its maintenance engineers on a five day crane maintenance training course with Morris.

Morris has also recently won an order to supply nine cranes to Qatar Petroleum in the Arabian Gulf. Qatar Petroleum is responsible for all oil and gas industry processes in Qatar, including exploration and drilling. The Morris cranes are for five buildings that are being erected as part of a facilities expansion. The cranes will be used for maintenance work, and for loading and offloading materials in warehouses and workshops.