March 12 – Mammoet has recently completed a series of heavy lifting activities at Lotte Chemical’s monoethylene glycol (MEG) project in Louisiana, USA. They have utilised its largest crane, the PTC 200 DS to carry out the 62 lifts, which ranged from 30 tons (27.2 tonnes) to 1,600 tons (1,451.5 tonnes) in weight.
As part of the work, Mammoet utilised its largest crane, the PTC 200 DS. It was reconfigured to include an additional 220 feet (67 metres), making its total reach 713 feet (217 metres). Mammoet said this is the tallest the PTC has ever been on a job site. The configuration allowed the crane to remain in one location and execute lifts of modules located outside of the original lifting radius. Mammoet said this kept lifting activities consistent and eliminated downtime associated with crane relocation, helping it finish two weeks ahead of schedule.
Patrick van der Meide, vice president of sales and marketing at Mammoet USA, said the team was proud to have been a part this project, “With this project, we were able to demonstrate that the PTC’s value extends beyond lifting oversized and heavy objects. It was the ability of this crane to reach smaller modules and execute various lifts outside of the original lifting range which ultimately delivered greater efficiency, enabling the scope to be completed safely and successfully ahead of schedule.”
The largest lift was a wash tower, which had a height of over 100 m. After this lift was completed, the PTC 200 DS was reconfigured to include an additional 220 ft (67 m), bringing the total reach of the crane to 713 ft (217 m) – the tallest the PTC has ever been on a job site.
The new configuration meant the crane could stay in that same location and perform lifts of the modules located outside of the original lifting radius – keeping lifting activities consistent and eliminating the otherwise necessary crane relocation time.
The MEG plant is expected to open in 2019, and will be the largest of its kind, with a capacity of 700,000 tons (635,029 tonnes) of monoethylene glycol per year.