Record refinery lifts in China
By Alex Dahm30 April 2021
Mid-April saw completion of some super heavy refinery project lifts in China.
Largest of the lifts was a 4,606 tonne record vessel erection where even the tailing crane had a capacity of 4,000 tonnes.
On 17 April 2021 it was the turn of the MYQ5000, a 5,000 tonne capacity gantry lifting system designed and built by DLT Engineering (formerly known as Dorman Long Technology) in the United Kingdom. It was supplied to the China Petroleum First Construction Corporation as the contractor for vessel supply and installation on this job.
The action took place at the site of the Refinery-Chemical Integration Project of Guangdong Refinery & Petrochemical Company Limited. The 5,000 tonne gantry was used to install the raffinate tower, Asia’s heaviest single tower.
The bare vessel weighed in at 3,960 tonnes, was 116.075 metres long/tall and 13.8 metres in diameter. Lifting tackle added 280 tonnes to the load and accessories put on another 366 tonnes, for a grand total to be lifted of 4,606 tonnes.
The tailing crane for this vessel erection was the 4,000 tonne capacity XGC88000 lattice boom crawler mounted model from Chinese manufacturer XCMG.
A few days before the 17 April raffinate vessel lift, on 10 April, an XGC88000 made a record lift of its own. It was used to install a 2,600 tonne hydrogenation reactor vessel and ten days ahead of schedule too. The lift, at the Shenghong refinery project construction site in Lianyungang, Jiangsu Province, was claimed as a new record, also breaking its own previous one for a 2,155 tonne lift in 2013.
XCMG reported that its XGC88000 crawler cranes have been used to lift and install more than 100 loads heavier than 1,000 tonnes, for a total lifting weight of 200,000 tonnes. The Chinese manufacturer said this model crawler cranes have participated in 26 major construction projects, including the Hengli project in Dalian, the Shenghong refinery in Lianyungang, Jubail Industrial City in Saudi Arabia and the Duqm Oil Refinery in Oman (See https://www.khl.com/news/Energy-sector-using-less/1145370.article).