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BSP develops new heavyweight hammer for Venezuelan project

Piling equipment specialist BSP has developed a new 82t hammer specially for a bridge project being undertaken in Venezuela.

The CGL590 hammer features a 40t drop weight and pile sleeve to enable it to drive concrete and steel piles measuring up to 2m in diameter with a maximum impact energy of 584kNm.

According to BSP, the 12m tall hammer can also drive larger diameter piles by using special attachments.

The hammer was developed for Brazil-based contractor Odebrecht to drive 1.8m diameter, 60m long piles for a new bridge across Venezuela’s Maracaibo Lake, which at 12.4km will be the longest road rail bridge in Latin America when it is completed in 2018.

Odebrecht initially rented the CGL590 hammer but has since bought the equipment outright.

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