Video: From the air - Giant equipment arrives at Cantley factory

Huge cooling towers for Cantley beet factory at Reedham swing bridge. Photo: Mike Page Huge cooling towers for Cantley beet factory at Reedham swing bridge. Photo: Mike Page

Wednesday, December 18, 2013
4:31 PM

A giant crane, capable of lifting 1,000 tonnes, was at British Sugar’s Cantley beet sugar factory, near Acle, to offload specialist equipment as part of a £12m investment.

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It took almost 40 minutes to lift the 114-tonne evaporator, the first high-pressure stainless steel vessel, into place.

£12m Cantley investment gets under way as equipment is lifted into place

After arriving at Great Yarmouth at the weekend, it passed under the town’s two bridges, which had to be raised to allow the passage of the 66-metre barge and two tugs.

Two cranes, including the largest which is just one of 12 in the country and has a 70-metre reach, worked in tandem to ensure that the vessel was lifted cleanly into place.

A third crane was used to position the slings and attach the heavy-duty steel hawsers.

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