Haul and Lift of Refinery Combination Tower Goes Off Without a Hitch
Previously featured in AC&T Magazine
Load, haul, roll and set — seemingly simple words unless associated with a 555,000-pound, 160-feet long, 18-feet wide, over 19-feet tall refinery combination tower.
For this particular job in Beaumont, TX, Deep South provided turnkey services including heavy haul, barging, and logistics as well as heavy lift and rigging. The company also performed all the necessary lift planning and engineering work.
“The combination tower weighed 555,000 pounds and measured 160-feet long, 18-feet wide and measured 19-feet 3-inches tall,” said Warshaw. “The first task was to weigh the tower at the fabricator using our compression load cell system.”
Deep South borrowed from its extensive planning, engineering, logistics, heavy haul/heavy lift, rigging, and barging experience to complete the move of the tower over the road, over the water and into position. Crews lifted the tower using a 700-ton capacity J&R Engineering gantry system, loaded it onto a Goldhofer dual-lane transporter, and hauled it about 43 miles to the dock. Crews then transloaded the tower using gantries and SPMTs and rolled it onto a waiting barge.
“We transported the tower over the road at a height of 25 feet and an overall length of 242 feet,” Warshaw said.
Once docked near the refinery, two 6-axle-line, double-wide SPMTs were used to roll the tower into position where a 2,500-ton VersaCrane TC-36000 rigged with a 450-foot boom and a 440-ton Terex-Demag CC-2400-1 crawler rigged with 98 feet of boom were ready to lift it into position. From start to finish, the over-the-road transport, transloading, barging and setting were completed in just five days.
The route from Cheek, TX to Port Arthur, TX was about 43 miles. Once in Port Arthur, the tower was transloaded using gantries and secured to SPMT transporters.
Because of several difficult-to-navigate bridges and pipe rack obstacles at the refinery, the combination tower was transported over the road and by barge.
“Due to a number of bridges and pipe rack obstacles at the refinery we couldn’t get all the way there over the road,” Warshaw said. “We were able to barge them right to the refinery and then roll off inside the facility.”
Two 6-axle-line, double-wide Scheuerle SPMT transporters were used to roll the tower into the refinery. The road and barge transport spanned three days.
Deep South had already dispatched its 2,500-ton VersaCrane TC-36000 to the refinery and rigged it with 450 feet of boom. The tail crane was a 440-ton Terex-Demag CC-2400-1 crawler rigged with 98 feet of boom.
While any job like this is a huge challenge considering the size of the combination tower and installation in the confines of a live refinery, Deep South’s team performed the work with safety as the number one consideration.
“With the Covid-19 issues, we were working on a compressed schedule,” said Warshaw. “We were able to meet and even exceed the dates given.”
Deep South handled every aspect of the project, including lift plans, transport plans, route analysis, permitting, and barge transport.
“We did it all,” said Warshaw.
- VersaCrane™ TC-36000/S1
- Terex-Demag CC-2400-1
- Goldhofer THP-DL Dual Lane (attachments include vessel deck, bolsters, gooseneck, etc.)
- Scheuerle SPMT
- Hydraulic Gantries
- Weighing Systems/Compression/Tension Load Cells
By the Numbers
- 555,000-pound, 160-foot long, 18-foot wide, over 19-foot tall refinery combination tower