Angola to have Africa’s largest crane

13 August 2012

A 4,500 ton crane, with capacity to lift cargo of up to 2,500 tons, is due to be assembled in the work site of oil production structure company Empresa de Fabricação de Estruturas e Equipamentos para a Produção de Petróleo (Paenal), located in the Porto Amboim municipal area, in Angola’s Kwanza Sul province, the company’s managing director said.

Cited by Angolan news agency Angop, César Guerra said that similar cranes were operating only at port facilities in Brazil, China, Europe, and Singapore, and the one in Porto Amboim would be the biggest in Africa, far exceeding the cargo lifting capacity of cranes currently operating, of just 800 tons.

The managing director of Paenal noted that the company, which started operating by working on small projects, has work scheduled until 2015, with contracts for producing equipment for Sonangol and Total, specifically for the Clov oil exploration project, in block 17 off the coast of Angola.

Empresa de Fabricação de Estruturas e Equipamentos para a Produção de Petróleo (Paenal), which was established in 2008, is a partnership between Angolan state oil company Sociedade Nacional de Combustíveis de Angola (Sonangol), with 40 percent and SBM Offshore and Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME) of South Korea, each with a 30 percent share. (macauhub)

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