Mammoet Installs 740 Tonne Reactor

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Mammoet provided heavy lift services at the Sohar Refinery in Oman as part of the oil plant’s 2019 turnaround works.

Multinational conglomerate Larsen & Toubro contracted the international heavy lift and transport specialist to support the replacement of an RFCC reactor, external riser and associated components.

Mammoet used a 1,600 tonne capacity crane to remove the original reactor at the oil plant, owned by Oman Oil Refineries and Petroleum Industries Company (ORPIC). It then installed a new 740 tonne reactor measuring 37 metres long in its place.

Mammoet and Larson & Toubro carried out turnaround works at Sohar Refinery in Oman

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Hamed Faqir Al Balushi, manager for project management at ORPIC, said, “The flawless execution of these critical turnaround activities demonstrates L&T’s strength in planning and execution of such high-risk jobs. Kudos to the entire construction team for converting the plan into reality ahead of time, particularly engineering, manufacturing teams of L&T and the heavy lift crew of Mammoet, as the components went into the place as they were expected to. Excellent planning, execution and teamwork.”

Mammoet installed a new 740 tonne reactor, external riser and associated components

Mammoet, which installed the refinery’s original reactor using a PTC-35 ring crane in 2005, said it worked closely with Larsen & Toubro to complete the project. As well as procedures, it collaborated on detailed erection and lift plans and procedures to ensure all the lifts could be carried out within a lifting height of 99 metres. According to the company, some of these were completed with clearances of just 500 millimetres.


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