Mammoet performs heavy lifts in tight space
By Katherine Weir06 September 2016
A Korean engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contractor has awarded Mammoet Malaysia the heavy lift contract for its expansion project in Johore, Malaysia.
The international heavy lift and transport company will provide heavy lifting services for the expansion of an integrated petrochemical complex. The project includes the installation of new reactor vessels ranging up to 650 tonnes and over 100 metres tall.
The installation of vessels is taking place around the existing petrochemical complex’s infrastructure, resulting in a constrained operating area. The site’s obstructions include a low pipe rack around the construction area, making it difficult to place the large reactor vessels. Mammoet devised an engineering solution to overcome this bottleneck using one of its fleet of PTC 35 ring cranes.
The PTC 35 crane has a capacity of up to 1,600 tonnes combined with a long reach and small footprint. This enables the vessels to be installed directly from a main road and lifted over the pipe rack. Using the PTC 35 minimises the need for double handling of components thereby reducing the equipment needed and optimising project planning, the company said.
Roel Wesel, manager of solutions at Mammoet Asia Pacific (APAC), said, “Mammoet was able to provide our client with a unique solution that would optimise the handling of heavy vessels. Less movements on site results in reduced risks, reduced costs and a faster completion, reducing the overall time-to-market for our client.”