The expansion of La Cruz refinery – owned by Petroleos de Venezuela SA – is steadily progressing in the Venezuelan Orinoco Oil Belt. As part of the Deep Conversion Project, the operating company has been continually expanding the oil production in the state of Anzoátegui, 300 kilometres east of Caracas, since 2014.
Support has been provided by Scheuerle (TII Group) customer ALE, which recently added another 118 tonne module to supplement current refinery construction activities using the Scheuerle SPMT (self-propelled modular transporter).
To transport the 32 metre long, 11 m wide and 8.5 m high module, ALE relied on 40 axle lines of the self-propelled modular transporter. A four-file combination – whereby two vehicles are arranged side-by-side – resulted in the creation of the required width to accommodate the module. ALE easily met length requirements by using two ‘spacers’, intermediate sections designed to be integrated in longitudinal combinations.
Rainer Sasse, area sales manager at TII Sales, said: “The construction of petrochemical plants follows a precise and demanding schedule. Any deviation costs money which is why more and more transport companies or plant operators are deciding in favour of our transport solutions.
“Worldwide, we provide the largest fleet of vehicles and our modular transporters are well-known for their high level of reliability. If any additional modules or accessories are quickly required, they can be immediately rented on all continents. A smooth process is therefore always guaranteed.”