Dutch company Mammoet has won two prestigious Esta Awards in the categories 'Transport Job of the Year' and 'Combined Techniques.'
The European Association of Abnormal Road Transport and Mobile Cranes (ESTA) annually organizes a competition to honor outstanding projects in 10 different categories. This year, more than 330 executives from the cranes and transport industry in Europe and beyond were present at the ESTA Users Night, which took place in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
Mammoet won two ESTA Awards. One in the category ‘Combined Techniques’ and one in the category ‘Transport Job of the Year’ (trailer and load under 120 tons gross weight). The ESTA Awards are handed out once a year to honor outstanding projects for complicated, innovative or creative jobs or solutions. Sander Splinter, Managing Director Mammoet Europe says “Winning 2 ESTA Awards for record breaking projects shows that Mammoet keeps on pushing the boundaries in our industry. We’re proud of the achievement and the teams involved in these remarkable projects.”
Covering Chernobyl plant
In the category Combined Techniques, Mammoet received an ESTA award for the installation of the New Safe Confinement (NSC) at Chernobyl, Ukraine which Mammoet completed in November of 2016. At 165 meters long, 260 meters wide and 110 meters tall, the NSC is the largest land-based movable structure in the world. The 36,200 ton structure will contain the remains of the No. 4 unit at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant for the next 100 years.
Mammoet was responsible for engineering and executing all of the strand jack and skidding operations for this historic and groundbreaking construction project, and came up with innovative approaches for both the lifting and the skidding operations. “We are extremely proud of the complete team that was involved in this magnificent project,” says Manager Operations, Erik Kroes.
Record-breaking wind blade transport in Denmark
Mammoet also received an award in the category ‘Transport Job of the Year’ (trailer and load under 120 tons gross weight) for the record-breaking transport of the world’s longest wind turbine blade ever produced.
The blade, which measured 88.4 meters in length and weighed 60 tons, had to be transported across 218 kilometers, from a factory in Lunderskov, Denmark to its testing location in Aalborg, Denmark. The length of the entire transport measured a little less than 100 meters. It meant that special precautions had to be taken in various locations, such dismantling of guiderails and signposts, and stopping traffic. The height of the transport – 4.47 meters - required careful preparations and meticulous execution: at some bridges there would only be three centimeters of space to pass underneath.
“I’m very happy to see that our colleagues in Denmark got the recognition they deserve for the great work they have done on this project,” says manager Michael Hansen, “By combining detailed engineering, good cooperation with the client and thorough planning, they delivered great value for this exceptional transport.”