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Contractors World INTERNATIONAL - 2016 Vol 7 No 6

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Reach And Accuracy Demanded - continued

In a world-leading effort to reduce fossil energy and waste, Amager Bakke is a state-of-the-art waste-to-energy plant currently under construction in Copenhagen, Denmark, by Amager Ressource Centre (ARC) — an organization owned by five Danish municipalities.

Designed by Danish architect Bjarke Ingels, the plant will replace its neighbouring 45-year old predecessor that will be demolished once the new build is complete.

When it opens in 2017, Amager Bakke will offer the ability to recycle the city’s estimated 400,000 tonnes of annual garbage into electricity and heat for up to 170,000 households. In addition to turning trash into energy, the facility will also provide an 85 m high rooftop ski slope running down to ground level for recreational use.

For casual on-lookers however, what first meets the eye is the striking windowed brick-style aluminium facing covering the entire 26,000 m² exterior surface of the building — designed, produced and installed by Czech Republic-based facade specialists Sipral.

Chosen for their impressive reach, accuracy and ability to take people to work at height safely, Sipral used three Genie booms to help ensure the successful completion of the complex task on a tight schedule.

Efficiency and safety

To help rise to a series of constraints related to the plant’s vast dimensions and distinctive design, as well as to assist in the installation of its intricate facade, the contractors turned to Kranpunkten said Michal Prokop, Project Manager with Sipral.

Their recommendation was three Genie booms, including a telescopic Genie SX-180 super boom offering a maximum working height of 57 m and a maximum outreach of 24.4 m, and two articulating Genie Z-135/70 booms offering a maximum working height of 43 m, a maximum horizontal outreach of 18.03 m and an impressive maximum 23.01 m of up-and-over clearance.

A complex task within a tight deadline

Due to the massive processing vessels and miles of pipe work that had already been built into the interior of the plant, Sipral was forced to install the components of the frontage from the exterior of the building.

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