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20 November 2020, 18:57

Belorusneft acquires unique heavy MAZ cranes

Aleksandr Korzhenevsky
Aleksandr Korzhenevsky

GOMEL, 20 November (BelTA) – The industrial group Belorusneft has acquired two automobile cranes with the lifting capacity of 32 tonnes. Those are the first automobiles in the series to a certain degree, BelTA has learned.

A MAZ representative handed over keys to the new vehicles to Belorusneft personnel. Belorusneft has acquired two cranes with the lifting capacity of 32 tonnes and one crane able to lift 25 tonnes. It is the first time the model has been revealed to consumers. The vehicles were handed over to the Rechitsa utility transport division of Belorusneft.

Aleksandr Korzhenevsky and Yuri Pivovarov
Aleksandr Korzhenevsky and Yuri Pivovarov

The MAZ automobile crane KS-5571BY-N-22 is the world's first vehicle of its kind. The product engineers have managed to considerably reduce the weight of the chassis and the load per axle, thus allowing the vehicle to do less damage to roads. Unlike imported analogs the new vehicle does not require special permits for moving along public roads. Aleksandr Korzhenevsky, First Deputy Head, Chief Engineer of the Rechitsa utility transport division, noted the new vehicles will come in handy for work at oil extraction sites, drilling rigs, in the course of major overhaul projects, and for other kinds of work.

The cranes were assembled by MAZ's Mogilevtransmash division. The 32-tonne crane uses a 6x6 wheel formula and weighs 24.5 tonnes. The front axle load is 7.5 tonnes while the load on the rear bogie is 17 tonnes. The crane arm can be 28 meters long, with the maximum lifting height at 30.4 meters, BelTA learned from Yuri Pivovarov, Head of the Utility Vehicles and Chassis Sales Office at OAO MAZ.

The MAZ representative believes the new product has a huge potential in Belarus and abroad. “We are glad our permanent partner Belorusneft is the first company to acquire the crane. The competent opinion of Belorusneft specialists regarding how well our new vehicles perform is important for us,” Yuri Pivovarov said.

High demand for the new 32-tonne crane is expected in other countries, in particular, Russia. A contract on shipping five new cranes to Russia in 2021 has been signed.

The Belarusian industrial group Belorusneft was founded in 1966. The company specializes in exploration, prospecting, and development of oil fields, well drilling, extraction of oil and associated petroleum gas. Belorusneft also offers oil industry services in other countries.

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