01/05/2022 - 09:29 am

Palazzani XTJ 52+ for the 225kV high voltage line

Broquiès is a small town located in Occitania, in the south of France, between the Pyrenees and the Cévennes. The town is surrounded by nature, including plateaus, mountains, hills, coasts, and rivers. The region is subject to landslides and mudslides, especially during heavy rain. In 2020, a landslide threatened to bring down an electricity pylon, a fundamental network infrastructure designed to bring electricity to Broquiès town.

Palazzani’s customer Corberon Pierre Sarl, which specialises in renting lifting platforms, stepped in promptly by providing a Palazzani Spider Platform XTJ 52+ with a skilled operator to the RTE, Réseau de Transport d’Electricité. The intervention was required to rebuild a new pylon to carry the power line and repair the 225kW high voltage line.

Owner, Pierre Corberon, says, “Over the last year with the various movements of the power line, it emerged that the existing repairs were not sufficiently robust and that the affected sections had to be completely replaced to ensure the general durability. Access was particularly difficult, with slopes between 13 and 20deg. The features that my customer appreciated the most have been the i outreach of the XTJ 52+ at a working height of 30m and the basket capacity of 400kg.”

Ragno XTJ 52+ is one of the most versatile spider lift models, able to perform fast and precise movements at any height and without rear obstructions. The set-up combinations are numerous since each stabiliser is independent and this is a key factor when there are obstacles, or it is working in narrow places. The ‘area manager system’ automatically adjusts the outreach, depending on the set-up and load (120/230/400kg), still allowing 660deg rotationand making this large spider very user friendly.  The 980kg hydraulic winch is interchangeable with the aerial nacelle making the machine more versatile and suitable for additional applications.

Corberon continues, “The operation lasted three days, from Monday 4 to Thursday 7 April 2022. The main goal was to reinforce the existing repairs on the line.

“Access to the site was particularly steep, with no path for the platform. The operator had to thoroughly investigate the site to find the best route based on the machine’s capabilities. The operation proved to be very difficult as each worksite required a different set-up and it was necessary to level the ground so the spider for the various placements ” Corberon concludes.

Palazzani Industrie offers a wide range of aerial platforms, from 17 to 52 meters, our qualified staff will be able to direct you to the best solution.


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