Mammoet delivers 1,400-tonne splitter for new Borealis plant

PRESS RELEASE – Mammoet has transported a 1,400-tonne C3 splitter column to the new Borealis propane dehydrogenation (PDH) site in the Belgian village Kallo. The 109-metre long and 10-metre wide propylene splitter is one of the largest items ever delivered in a single piece to the port of Antwerp.

Borealis and Tecnimont, the plant’s engineering, procurement and construction management partner, awarded Mammoet the contract at the end of last year. The Dutch heavy-lift company is repsonsible for delivering and installing the 35 heaviest pieces of equipment for the plant.

Having consulted Borealis on the most efficient delivery timetable, Mammoet’s team of engineers and field workers started preparing the quay for the load-out four days prior to the transportation date. The splitter arrived on a barge from Spain and once the barge was equipped with ballast pumps and winches, the load-out and transportation operation was executed.

To minimize disruption to both the project’s schedule and the port, transportation of the splitter occurred overnight, after Mammoet had arranged short-term road closures with local authorities. 84 axle lines of SPMT were mobilized to transport the splitter across the 1500-metre stretch from the port of Antwerp to the Borealis production site in Kallo.

The next stage of the project will see Mammoet lift and install the C3 propylene splitter in October.

Author: Adnan Bajic

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