Mammoet has successfully completed the heavy lifting activities at Lotte Chemical’s Mono-Ethylene Glycol (MEG) project in Louisiana, USA. Following its expected opening in 2019, the MEG plant will be the largest facility of its kind, with a capacity to produce 700,000 tons of ethylene glycol per year.
Mammoet was awarded the heavy lift portion of the project which included 62 scheduled lifts. Mammoet utilized its largest crane, the PTC 200 DS, which extended its reach to record breaking heights to increase the efficiency of lifting activities and complete the scope two weeks ahead of schedule.
The lifts executed by Mammoet ranged from 30 tons to 1,600 tons, the largest of which was the wash tower at a height of over 100 meters. Following the lift, the PTC 200 DS was reconfigured to include an additional 220 feet (67 meters), bringing the total reach of the crane to 713 feet (217 meters), 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, keeping lifting activities consistent and eliminating downtime associated with crane relocation.
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.”