International heavy transport and lifting specialist Sarens has ordered 92 axle lines of self propelled modular transporter from Goldhofer.
The trailers are destined for a huge oil field project in Kazakhstan claimed as the world’s largest construction site. Sarens’ contract, worth €450 million, is for the entire logistics of the vast refinery project. It is the largest single contract Sarens has ever won. The entire project is estimated to have a total cost of US$ 36.8 billion. It is an upgrade of the existing refinery facility to increase well pressure and production capacity.
Work for Sarens Group there began in 2017 and will continue until 2020. The first step was to deploy a multidisciplinary team drawn from Sarens operations around the world. They established two trans-shipment bases for offloading and forwarding all cargo to the construction site in Kazakhstan.
Carl Sarens, director global operations, commented, “We have dispatched around 250 specialists to handle the overland transportation and on-site installation of the pre-assembled units and racks and associated oversize equipment. For the overland transportation operations, Sarens already had more than 900 axle lines available in Kazakhstan. At the beginning of 2018, however, we saw an upcoming peak in the required logistical capacities as of the beginning of 2018. We therefore had to urgently increase our capacities to avoid problems in meeting the project schedule. Goldhofer delivered a convincing response with top quality at very short notice and absolutely punctual shipments.”
The equipment order was placed with Goldhofer in mid-May 2018. It comprised 68 axle lines of THP/SL and 24 of the PST/SL type plus four 280 PS PowerPacks. With the new additions Sarens has 300 axle lines from Goldhofer.
Commenting on the deal, Horst Häfele, Goldhofer head of product management, said, “We are proud of the fact that our axle lines are being used by a prominent customer like Sarens for such a prestigious project. The Goldhofer production team did a great job in terms of co-ordination and completed the entire order in less than three months. Everyone was highly motivated to complete the largest single order ever received from Sarens to such a tight schedule. Many of us worked special shifts to meet the deadline.”
Jan Sarens, equipment trade officer, said, “Goldhofer was the only heavy-duty module manufacturer who could guarantee punctual delivery of high-grade axle lines in such a quantity within such a short time. As a result we were able to meet our contractual obligations towards our client, and Goldhofer was able to consolidate its position as a long-serving transport technology partner of the Sarens Group.”