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Contractors World International Vol 7 No 2


United Kingdom

Kijlstra tank saves weeks on waste transfer

station upgrade

A precast concrete holding tank from Kijlstra’s Vario

range has helped contractors knock weeks off a pro-

gramme to upgrade a waste transfer station on


Local contractor LCM Group was employed by

waste firm Biffa to install a new underground liquid

waste storage tank at the site in St Helens. The tank

receives and stores liquid run-off from food waste

delivered to the transfer station. When the tank is

full, it is pumped out and tankered away for


Kijlstra contracts manager Steve Gainsley. says:

“The client’s signature idea was to install a

lightweight glass-reinforced plastic [GRP] holding

tank. In theory, a GRP tank is light, easy to

handle and requires no special lifting equipment

to install.

“The problem is, the specification required

the tank to be supported and contained within

concrete poured in-situ.

This required formwork and reinforcing steel to be

assembled within the excavation before the GRP tank

was installed and the concrete poured.”

LCM maintenance manager David Scott said:

“We brought the idea of using a Kijlstra precast

concrete tank to Biffa as a more efficient

alternative. We already knew some of the people

working at Kijlstra although we’d never used

their products before. We looked at the precast

side of the vehicle.

The Fassi Stability Control) system ensures that safe

crane operations are guaranteed.

There are two challenges to be faced on this lift. There

is a big tree to negotiate; and the loads have to be pre-

cisely placed. These are achieved using the winch to

hoist large wooden planks for the terrace under


They are placed one-by-one, with millimetre preci-

sion. Flow sharing is crucial allowing the crane to perform

four different movements simultaneously while also

lifting heavy loads, such as timber sections, to great


Jean-Luc Reymond created TM Reymond SA

in 1996, where TM stands for Transports


It was an undertaking that the Swiss entre-

preneur chose and one he has developed over

the years. Right from the first crane, Jean-Luc

Reymond chose Fassi Gru and now this F990RA

crane is his ninth who said:

“I soon chose to specialise in short-distance

lifting and transportation services because

I realised the potential of a professional and

reliable service in this area”,

“My main customers are construction

companies but there are also the small ar-

tisan companies, again in the building in-

dustries, and also municipal services, such

as power line maintenance. Then there is

the machinery moving sector, delivering heavy


“There is plenty of work but even in

Switzerland we are feeling the impact of the

European recession.

“This has generated more competition es-

pecially given the decline in the work of small

companies. That’s why I purchased the Fassi

F990RA crane, to further raise the bar of my


Fassi Gru

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