Installing 29 cranes at Air Liquide's UAE plant in record time is a classic example of our ability to think differently and offer ingenious solutions. Read more about how our unique ideas helped integrate critical handling requirements of 300MT loads while optimising project costs.
Air Liquide, headquartered in France, is a reputed player in the production of gases for industry, health and environment. It offers advanced technologies for cold box manufacturing used in Air Separation Units (ASUs). Recently, Air Liquide set up a vast manufacturing plant in RAK Maritime City in the UAE. The plant will manufacture machinery, fabricated metal products, structures, tanks, reservoirs, pressure vessels, containers and related equipment needed for setting up gas manufacturing plants.
The Air Liquide facility at Ras Al Khaimah is spread over 36 acres and has 6 different shops. At the raw material yard, large and heavy steel plates have to be unloaded, stored and then shifted to the main plant. During this handling, the plates need to be rotated through 900 and shifted to the main plant. These plates further pass through processes such as cutting, bending, rolling, welding, fabrication and testing in different shops to form the end product. The main challenge in this area was that the two cranes needed to operate perpendicular to each other and have intersecting traverse paths. In the fabrication bay, large fabricated pressure vessel parts need to be lifted and remain suspended for a long time for certain operations. At the same time, handling of other material in this bay continues. Here, uninterrupted handling in various bays and safety of people and material is of prime importance. The gas plant machinery arrives at the despatch bay in two parts, each weighing 300MT, where it is assembled and despatched as a complete unit, weighing 600MT. Our solution needed to be able to handle this gigantic and heavy load with care and precision.
Total number of cranes: 29
|Sr No.||Location||Type||SWL||Span||Height of lift||Application||Nos.|
|1||Shop 1||Outdoor||20MT||30MT||12m||Indoor, Shell fabrication and cleaning area||4|
|2||Shop 2||Outdoor||150/10MT||28MT||19m||Indoor, AST filling and column joining / package preparation||2|
|3||Shop 2||Outdoor||20MT||30MT||25m||Indoor, AST filling and column joining||3|
|4||Shop 3||Outdoor||20MT||30MT||25m||Indoor, Package preparation. Bay I||2|
|5||Shop 3||Outdoor||20MT||30MT||12m||Indoor, Skid and FIP manufacturing. Bay III||2|
|6||Shop 3||SGEOT||10MT||15MT||12m||Indoor, Pipe fabrication. Bay II||2|
|7||Shop 4, 5 & 6||SGEOT||10MT||23MT||7m||Indoor, AST preparation and distribution/belt||12|
|8||Outdoor||DG Goliath||10MT||15MT||4.5m||Storage Yard||1|
|9||Outdoor||DG Goliath||10MT||6MT||6m||Storage Yard||1|