Select plant hire take delivery of first electric piling ring
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Select has become the first firm in the world to take delivery of Liebherr’s new innovative battery-powered drilling rig the LB 30.
Laing O’Rourke’s plant hire specialist Select bought the Liebherr LB 30 drilling rig which produces zero emissions while also boasting the same performance as its diesel-powered counterparts, whether it is unplugged or plugged in.
The LB 30 battery has been designed for a working time of four hours in operation and will be used in areas where emissions are an issue.
The Liebherr LB 30 drilling rig produces zero emissions while also boasting the same performance as its diesel-powered counterparts, whether it is unplugged or plugged in.
The brand new electric rig is currently undergoing operator training and technician familiarisation this ahead of it being deployed to work on a major project.
Select is now targeting kits investment at emission-free plant, which now makes up 80% of its fleet and includes six battery-powered crawler cranes.
Alex Warrington Select’s Business Unit Leader commented saying that : “Our customers are asked by their clients, how they can construct and deliver in a more sustainable way, and it’s becoming a point of difference in work winning decisions.
“Our zero emissions equipment for hire includes a wide range of electric crawler and tower cranes, passenger and material hoists, concrete pumps, MEWPS and now our brand new unplugged piling rig.”
Nationaltradesmen.co.uk has been reporting on the ongoing electric revolution with JCB producing many new electric excavators and dumpers it seems that many contacts are being swayed by the use of electric powered machinery due to some of the contracts being in confined spaces and clients leaning towards cleaner energy solutions.
Laing O’Rourke’s plant hire devision Select has also invested in low power consumption hoists, fitted with telematics to monitor usage; and solar and hybrid power solutions, such as Punch Flybrid to reduce the requirement for large diesel generators.