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Freight Wings move six-storeyed Propane Refrigerant Sphere to Australia

Posted to Freight Wings move six-storeyed Propane Refrigerant Sphere to Australia (by on March 22, 2012

The daunting task of moving a six-storeyed high Propane Refrigerant Sphere under taken by Freight Wings

Moving a six-storeyed high Propane Refrigerant Sphere of mammoth dimensions - 19.5 meters x 19 meters x 20.3 meters - weighing 530MT, from Kandla on the West coast of India to the Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) plant on Barrow Island, Western Australia, is a daunting logistical feat requiring ingenuity, foresight and innovation. It may look treacherous but for M/s Freight Wings Pvt. Ltd. (FWPL) it was the first time they ever undertook such a complex venture and the first time in the country too.

Commonly known as the Gorgon Gas project, this West Australian project involves the development of the Greater Gorgon gas fields, subsea gas-gathering infrastructure, and a liquefied natural gas (LNG) plant on Barrow Island. Once completed it will be one of the world's largest natural gas projects and the largest single resource natural gas project in Australian history. The project involves the construction of a 15 million tonne per annum (MTPA) Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) plant on Barrow Island and a domestic gas plant with the capacity to provide 300 terajoules per day of supply gas to Western Australia.

As Part of the Project, Kellogg JV Gorgon awarded the prestigious job of supply of the Propane Refrigerant Sphere to the fabrication company in India, Vijay Tanks & Vessels (VTV) who are internationally known as service providers for Storage Tanks & Process Equipment. VTV in turn awarded the critical job of the transportation of this massive storage tank to Freight Wings Pvt. Ltd. (FWPL). FWPL claims to have clinched the deal owing to their expertise in transportation and erection. Besides, they were the only bidders to provide to the client a detailed route analysis from the storage fabrication area to inside the Kandla Port and have it loaded on the vessel.

“We had the engineered transport solution certified by Noble Denton & London Offshore, the marine warranty surveyors,” stated Vijay Papriwal, Managing Director of FWPL. “This involved the use of the latest Self Propelled Modular Transporters (SPMT’s). Using 2 lines of 16 SPMT’s with a clearance of 2500mm between the SPMT’s, FWPL engineered the transport with a safe angle of stability of more than 14 degrees. The electronic coupling in the SPMT’s eliminated the need of physical coupling of the SPMT’s.

“We mobilized their SPMT’s to VTV’s fabrication facility at Kandla as per the time schedule given by VTV. On the given date and time, we moved the sphere safely from its place of fabrication to inside the Kandla Port and alongside the Heavy Lift vessel. The Jumbo’s J Class Heavy Lift vessel, “Fairpartner” lifted the sphere off the SPMT’s and after sea fastening the sphere loaded on to its deck and sailed for Burrow Islands in Australia, a voyage of about 18 days.”

The main challenge that the Heavy Lift forwarder considers was transporting the six-storeyed high sphere with a towering height of more than 60 feet to Kandla port. They had to find out a route that had no horizontal and vertical obstructions like gates / overhead conveyors etc. and since Kandla handles a lot of coal Imports, finding a conveyor free route inside the port was quite a challenge.

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