Mammoet awarded major plant construction by Borealis

PRESS RELEASE – Mammoet recently signed as the official heavy lift and transport partner for Borealis’ new PHD project in Kallo, Belgium. The propylene manufacturer is investing over a billion euros in a new production facility, which is one of the most significant investments in European petrochemicals in 20 years.

The propane dehydrogenation plant, one of the largest and most efficient in the world, will have a production capacity of 750,000 metric-tons, supplying propylene to a range of European industries.

Mammoet has been awarded the inland transport and the lifting scope and will transport 35 of the heaviest items from the port to the Kallo site. Mammoet will then use a custom-built gantry and multiple crawler cranes to erect the parts, including the 1600 metric-ton, 108m long C3 splitter column and large heater modules. Next to that, Mammoet will provide the hydraulic crane pool used by contractors on site.

“The lift of the heaviest item, the 1600-tonne splitter, will be the largest lift that Antwerp has seen in recent years and expresses the potential for the future”, says Jos van der Sanden, Petrochemical Segment Leader for Europe and Russia at Mammoet.

Gunther De Rijcke, the project director from Borealis, commented: “Our drivers for this project are safety and quality to ensure that we deliver this project on time and in budget. With Mammoet we have a single source supplier for lifting and transport to, and on, site. Mammoet has a significant presence in the Antwerp area and has completed many projects of this size, scale and impact for other industry leaders.”

Preparations are underway and the operation is expected to commence in the first half of 2020.

Author: Tobias Pieffers

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