Sarens wraps up 24 modules transport in the USA

Sarens wraps up 24 modules transport in the USA

Belgian heavy-lift specialist, Sarens, recently performed the load-in, transport, load-out, and installation of 24 modules for the client APTIM in Lousiana. The modules are destined for a chloralkali and vinyl chloride monomer production plant.

Shintech Louisiana invested $1.49 billion to develop a chloralkali and vinyl chloride monomer production plant and expand the Plaquemine PVC manufacturing site. Recently completed, the plant is capable of producing 860,000 tpy of vinyl chloride monomer (the raw material of PVC) and 660,000 tpy of caustic soda.

Sarens was commissioned by its client APTIM to undertake the transport of 24 pipe rack modules from the fabricator yard through Lake Charles to Plaquemine, Louisiana, USA. The maximum dimension of the module was 30.7m x 13.4m x 13.7m.

As part of the project Sarens had to, transport the modules from fabricator’s yard, roll-on the modules in Lake Charles onto the barge and transport to Plaquemine. It had to subsequently roll-off the modules in Plaquemine Louisiana and transport them over the road, 11 miles over two days including a sugarcane field. Finally the team set the modules on anchor bolts at the Shintech VCM 3 plant. The company deployed 100 lines of SPMTs and two 76 x 16.5m barges for the job.

During the operation Sarens said it was faces with time constraints by the different local authorities as well as the client. It also had to construct a temporary 24.3 metre bridge in the sugarcane field to reach the destination.

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Author: Adnan Bajic

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