Contractors World International Vol 7 No 2
Fassi Truck Loader Just The Job
A new Fassi F990RA crane used by TM Reymond SA
proves itself for agility and power within the confined
locations of the cantons.
The company’s Fassi F990RA.2.28
xhe-dynamic with L616 jib, is fitted to a
MAN TGS 35.440 8x2 equipped with
Hydrodrive hydraulic transmission on the
front axle and fourth steering axle.
This is a selection that leaves no room
for doubt: Jean-Luc Reymond’s objective
is not only versatility but power from this
combination which is also the flagship of
his small but highly efficient fleet.
The crane configuration chosen extends
the hydraulic outreach by up to 32 metres.
Other features include: lifting capacity of
up to 80 t, maximum hydraulic outreach
of up to 32.00 metres with jib (normal
20.15 m) and a weight of 10,100 kg
(8,570 kg without jib).
The crane is working in a cramped site on the out-
skirts of Lausanne. The road is narrow and there is only
limited room for deploying stabilisers on the right hand
Building The World’s Largest Fusion
Six Potain tower cranes are being used
during building of one of the world’s
largest experimental nuclear fusion
reactors in the South of France.
Built from stainless steel sections
which have thicknesses ranging from
50 mm to 250 mm, the ITER fusion
reactor will house the systems neces-
sary for the operation of the ITER
The Tokamak complex is where the
nuclear power will be generated. It
consists of a seven-story concrete
building measuring 120 m long and
80 m wide. There will be 16,000 t of
rebar, 150,000 m³ of concrete and 7,500 t of steel in the
The six Potain cranes working on the €300 million
project include two topless tower cranes, an MDT 308
and an MDT 368 and four traditional top-slewing tower
cranes, the MD 610 M40, MD 485 B, MD 560 B and the
The cranes were supplied new to Dodin Campenon
Bernard, a subsidiary of contracting giant Vinci
Construction, which is managing all lifting work on site.
Overall construction management is being handled by
the VFR Group, a consortiummade up of Vinci, Ferrovial
and Razel Bec.
Laurent Moustraire, plant manager at Dodin
Campenon Bernard, said the cranes are handling a suc-
cession of difficult lifts as components for the Tokamak
are joined together.
“For this extremely important job we needed to
be certain that we were working with a
professional and reliable crane provider.
“Manitowoc was chosen because the team
in charge of this specific project has been with
us since the beginning of the tender. They fully
understood the scope of what needs to be done
and the constraints involved.”