Eneco in Rozenburg commissioned Visser & Smit Hanab to construct the new ‘Leiding over Noord’ (‘Pipeline over North’) heating network. As of the end of 2014, this green project will be guaranteeing a sharp reduction in CO2 emissions in the Rijnmond region. That said, the green philosophy is already at work during the construction of the pipeline. Visser & Smit Hanab is achieving substantial savings in terms of fuel thanks to the use of a hybrid crane.
From the end of 2014, the heating network will be carrying the residual heat produced by waste and energy company AVR in Rotterdam, where it is used to heat houses and business premises. The construction of the heating network is well under way on and around AVR's site in Rozenburg.
Visser & Smit Hanab is working with a hybrid crane on Professor Gerbrandyweg in Rozenburg. Whereas a traditional crane consumes an average of around 16-17 litres an hour, the hybrid system allows the new crane to save around 50% in terms of fuel consumption. Only four of the crane's six cylinders are powered by fuel, with the other two relying on a self-charging generator. The hybrid crane works just like other cranes, and is used to excavate trenches, install heat pipes and fill in trenches.
The hybrid crane is a fine example of the many steps Visser & Smit Hanab is taking to ensure it carries out its work as sustainably as possible. It is with good reason that Visser & Smit Hanab holds the level 5 ‘CO₂ Aware' certificate from the CO₂ Performance Ladder.