EMPOWER :2009-10

Completing installation of 29 cranes in record time at Air Liquide, UAE plant

Air Liquide is a reputed international company headquartered in France. It is a major player in production of gases for industry, health and environment. It offers advanced technologies for cold box manufacturing used in Air Separation Units. Recently, Air Liquide has set up a vast manufacturing plant in RAK Maritime City in UAE. The plant will manufacture machinery, fabricated metal products, structures, tanks, reservoirs, containers and related equipment needed for setting up gas manufacturing plants. For their requirements of quality cranes to integrate shop handling, Air Liquide approached ElectroMech FZE and placed an order for 29 cranes of different types. These cranes were recently supplied and commissioned in their UAE plant.

The Air Liquide facility at Ras Al Khaimah is spread over 36 acres and has 6 different shops. The 29 cranes of different types with varying capacities have to handle critical parts and components during various processes. At the raw material yard, 2 gantry cranes handle large and heavy steel plates during unloading, storage and shifting 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 gas plant machinery thus manufactured ultimately reaches the despatch bay. This end product, i.e. the entire gas plant machinery consists of 2 parts each, weighing about 300MT. Here, at the despatch bay, two cranes of 150MT capacity each, work in tandem to lift a load of 300MT. Two such parts of 300MT each are then assembled together forming a combined load of 600MT. This is the most challenging part of the project, apart from a few cranes, which are installed in two tier construction.

Responding to the urgency of the customer, ElectroMech team completed the entire erection and commissioning of all the 29 cranes in record time by working for almost 16 hours a day in temperatures as high as 450 Celsius. Full load trials of these cranes have been recently completed and the customer team has expressed its satisfaction while appreciating our effort to complete the job ahead of schedule.

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Project Achievement Certificate awarded to ElectroMech by Air Liquide