Liebherr overcomes obstacles to transport turbines

By | 2019-11-27T13:31:12+02:00 November 27th, 2019|

Crane and heavy transport contractor HKV Schmitz+Partner, based in Cologne, Germany, recently used three 500-tonne Liebherr cranes to transport a gas turbine from the port at Chempark Dormagen to a new-build power plant at the neighbouring site occupied by INEOS Köln.

HKV hoists a gas turbine out of a freighter using two LTM 1500-8.1 cranes. Image credit: Liebherr

HKV hoists a gas turbine out of a freighter using two LTM 1500-8.1 cranes. Image credit: Liebherr

Two LTM 1500-8.1 mobile cranes hoisted the turbine out of a freighter onto a heavy haulage vehicle and an LR 1500 crawler crane then placed it on a prepared site once it had arrived at the INEOS plant.

Chempark Dormagen is a 360-hectare site in Dormagen and Cologne-Worringen, which is occupied by dozens of businesses from the chemical industry. Immediately next door to it is the site owned by INEOS Köln GmbH, part of the INEOS Group, one of the largest petrochemical companies in the world. A new gas and steam power plant to cover the site’s own demand is currently being built at the Cologne plant. This project is being supported by HKV Schmitz+Partner, who oversees both the engineering and the crane work.

The first gas turbine for the power plant has now been delivered by freighter. The two LTM 1500-8.1 cranes had been set up with their maximum ballast of 165 tonnes to hoist the turbine out of the vessel and position it on a low loader trailer operated by Viktor Baumann & Co. based in Bornheim.

Supporting the LTM 1500-8.1 cranes on the quayside was a challenge as the outriggers had to be positioned towards the ship over a rail used by a port crane. This meant that an extremely precise calculation of the transmission of the support forces and a special structure had to be built over the track.

When the turbine was driven into the INEOS plant, it had to pass under several pipe bridges. The low loader trailer, which could be lowered to an extreme degree, proved to be the ideal heavy haulage vehicle. Hoisting the load and placing it on the prepared area of the site proved to be nothing more than routine for the LR 1500. Positioning the turbine in the power plant later will be a more challenging task for both the crane and operator.