Liebherr-Werk Nenzing GmbH wins large order for Sochi, host of the XXII Olympic Winter Games



Liebherr-Werk Nenzing GmbH, Austria


Basic Element has awarded Liebherr-Werk Nenzing GmbH a contract for eight Mobile Harbour Cranes. Deliveries will start in August and all eight cranes will be installed and commissioned by February 2010.

Investment package

On July 4, 2007, the international Olympic Committee announced that Sochi had been selected as the host city of the 2014 Winter Olympics. This will be Russia’s first occasion hosting the Winter Olympic Games. To get the city ready for the Olympics, the Russian government has committed to a US$12 billion investment package, shared 60-40 between the government and private sector.

Main supplier

Liebherr, the worldwide leading crane manufacturer is playing an important role in the project and has been chosen as the main supplier for port equipment. The scope of supply includes five LHM 180 HD and three LHM 280 mobile harbour cranes, two R 954 and one R974 material handlers as well as five wheel loaders for the  new port in Imeretinsky Bay. The contract has been signed between Liebherr and Port Sochi Imeretinsky, the structural part of Basic Element.

Basic Element

Russian based Basic Element is a diversified investment company. Their main assets are concentrated in six economic sectors – Energy, Resources, Manufacturing, Financial Services, Construction and Aviation. About 300,000 people work at the Group’s companies in Russia, the CIS, Africa, Australia, Asia, Europe and Latin America.


The LHM 180 HD has a lifting capacity of up to 76 t and a working radius of up to 35 m dedicated for general cargo handling with continuously changing operating  appliances and handling methods. The LHM 280 is characterised by a maximum lifting capacity of 84 t and a maximum outreach of 40 m.

The new port is designed for the handling of more than six million tonnes of cargo per year for infrastructure projects including Olympic venues. The cranes are mainly aimed for handling bulk and general cargo. Sochi is situated in the Krasnodar region on the southern Russian border. It sprawls along the shores of the Black Sea and against the background of the Caucasus Mountains. At 145 km (90 mi), Greater Sochi is claimed to be the longest city in Europe.

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