An unusual cargo has set out on Saturday night from Grant Ostrowiec. A huge steel structure with a weight of almost 40 tonnes and a length of over 32 metres started its journey through Kielce to Głogów, where it will arrive as late as on Monday.

This large shipment is an electric and power trestle bridge intended for KGHM Huta Miedzi in Głogów, where a new production line is being constructed. As part of a contract worth PLN 4 million, Grant Ostrowiec has built for KGHM steel structures weighing over 400 tonnes, including five large trestle bridges. The last one, a 40 tonne-structure with a length of 32 metres, consisting of several thousand parts, with each weld checked over using a defectoscope, was sent to Głogów last Saturday.

Grant Ostrowiec is undergoing arrangement bankruptcy, but it has recently acquired multimillion contracts which can make the company get out of trouble.

“In order to save the company and the jobs, we take up tasks with the highest technological requirements”, said Norber Jeż, President of the Management Board of Grant. “Structures for KGHM had to meet strict standards and be made with extreme precision. Thanks to our highly skilled staff, we can take up tasks where all details are important. I can say that our welders and other staff are truly top-notch professionals, allowing us to build structures with unprecedented precision and excellent quality. Now we are executing another contract for KGHM, which is worth over PLN 50 million, concerning the manufacture of 36 cinder cars. It is an even harder task, but we will manage”.

Transporting the enormous structure to Głogów, where another company from Ostrowiec will install it on thirty-metre poles, is an extremely complex task in terms of logistics. It will be carried out by a specialist company – TWM. An almost forty-metre set of a lorry with a semitrailer travels with a speed of 15–30 km/h and will reach Głogów on Monday. Even the loading and the process of moving the trestle bridge out from the production building,

only a dozen centimetres wider than the structure itself, was a complex task which would probably not have been successful without Grant’s 50-tonne overhead crane. The loading of the structure lasted nearly two hours. However, Stanisław Świącik from TWM has no worries about the route itself.

“I have transported larger structures, but obviously the whole operation is complex. We will use the road through Nowa Słupnia to Kielce and this is the most difficult section. It will be necessary to remove some road signs and take a roundabout way”, said Stanisław Świącik.

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