Eight liquid natural gas (LNG) production modules have been transported from Qingdao in China to Australia.
The modules were built by Offshore Oil Engineering for the Ichthys Project off the coast of Darwin in North West Australia. It is one of the largest oil and gas projects in the world. The facility is operated by INPEX.
The eight LNG modules were transported from the COOEC Qingdao yard onto an ocean barge, called the Finesse, using 300 axle lines of Scheuerle self propelled modular transporter (SPMT). The SPMT was operated by Zheijang Lida, COSCO and Sinotrans and was overseen by heavy lift and specialized transport service provider Mammoet.
Each module weighed around 5,000 tonnes. The first to be moved weighed 5,200 tonnes and measured 90 x 48 x 33.5 metres.
Ralf Grützmacher, TII Group area sales manager, said, “Our customers appreciate not only the unmatched reliability of our SPMTs but also having the possibility to rent vehicles at anytime and anywhere in the world when required."