Pipe-rack modules being transported to the site.

Pipe-rack modules being transported to the site.

A Mammoet task at Saudi EO/EG plant

October 2019

Samsung Engineering has contracted Netherlands-based Mammoet, a global leader in engineered heavy lifting and transport, to transport and install 49 modules for the construction of Jubail United Petrochemical Company’s Ethylene Oxide-Ethylene Glycol (EO/EG) plant in Saudi Arabia.

Following its completion in 2020, the plant is expected to produce 700,000 tonnes of ethylene oxide-ethylene glycol per annum, says the company. It will significantly diversify the region’s economy, contributing to the kingdom’s national transformational programme – Vision 2030 – to move beyond the export of crude oil and natural gas, it says.

Mammoet’s scope includes weighing, transporting and installing the various modules along with associated port handling and custom clearance activities. The transport phase was approached with careful planning and preparation to minimise any risk to the project’s schedule.

Mammoet worked closely with the Saudi Traffic Police to minimise disruption to local roads and obtained all required permits from the Royal Commission and the High Commission for Industrial Security well in advance.

The modules include eight pipe rack units, ranging in weight between 450 and 650 tonnes and a 2,000-tonne wash tower.

The pipe rack modules were transported from the client’s yard to the site using 56 axle-lines of SPMT. Once on site they were carefully set onto foundations.

The 2,000-tonne wash tower, measuring 101m x 10.8m x 11.4m, was received at the King Fahd Industrial Port and staged at Mammoet’s yard within the port for custom clearance and weighing. It was then safely transported 9 km to the project site using 76 axle-lines of SPMT. The transportation of the remaining modules and installation activities will continue through to the end of this year.

Mammoet has been present in Saudi Arabia for over 40 years, with its first project carried out in the 1970s. Since then, the branch has handled a wide range of prestigious projects in the kingdom, providing transport and lifting services for clients in the power, petrochemical, civil and infrastructure sectors.  

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