Barrus Projects Transports Mineral Fertiliser Plant Equipment to Uzbekistan

  07. June 2019
Barrus Projects Transports Mineral Fertiliser Plant Equipment to Uzbekistan

Barrus Projects, member of the Project Logistics Alliance for Kazakhstan, is proud to share with us one of their most successful projects completed. This project involved the delivery of one of the heaviest cargoes in the history of Uzbekistan transportation, and was for a new mineral fertiliser production plant in Navoiazot JSC, Uzbekistan.

The delivery took place over a period of 16 months, from September 2017 to December 2018. A total of 7980 MT, 35.800 cbm of equipment was transported to the site in Navoi, Uzbekistan.

The Cargo:

- Ammonia converter column: 422 MT, 27,780 x 4,290 x 5000 mm

- Auxiliary boiler: 240 MT, 12,700 x 8,700 x 10,720 mm

- CO2 adsorber: 360 MT, 49 080 x 6 100 x 6 760 mm

- CO2 stripper: 269 MT, 52 540 x 7 100 x 7 490 mm

The Special Routing:

The equipment was delivered from the shipping ports by a crane ship to the port of Constanta, Romania, where it was reloaded from a sea vessel to river-sea vessels and towing trains. Reloading of the oversized and heavy cargo was carried out via transhipment at sea. Then the equipment was delivered through the Volga-Don Shipping Canal and the Caspian Sea to the port of Kuryk, Kazakhstan.

All equipment was unloaded in Kuryk at the berth of the production base of the Caspian shipyard “ERSAI” using a 1000 tons crane. After unloading and customs transit clearance, the equipment was delivered by road from Kazakhstan to Uzbekistan to the construction site of Navoiazot.

The Challenges:

The main difficulties in land transportation of the oversized and heavy cargo, which were masterfully overcome by the Barrus Projects in-house engineering team, included the substantial length of the route - 2000 km from the port of Kuryk to the construction site in Navoi, the poor conditions of the roads, partial legs of dirt roads, and more than 100 bridge structures, many of which were in precarious conditions.

Barrus Projects carried out a set of jobs on preparing the route for transportation and bringing the road infrastructure to a set standard - 30 bridges were repaired and strengthened, 2 bridges were reconstructed, a bypass bridge was built, the turning radii extended and approximately 10 km of bypass roads were built.

However, the biggest challenge lay in the transportation of the ammonia converter column of 422 tons and an auxiliary boiler 11 meters high. Due to the height restriction of the railway overpass, a 6.5 km long bypass road had to be built for the transportation of the auxiliary boiler. Furthermore, disengagement and dismantling of power lines was required along the way.

To ensure the possibility of transporting the ammonia converter column, which weighed 422 tons, via bridge structures requiring the minimisation of axial loads, Barrus Projects engineers used a transport scheme featuring two modular trailers with 22 axes and turntables. Due to the fact that the length of the ammonia converter column casing was not sufficient to knead the load on two trailers, Barrus Projects engineers designed a special girder frame, which covered the column during transportation. Moreover, because increased requirements were imposed on the strength of its structure, the girder frame was ordered and manufactured in Germany at the Thyssenkrupp plant, after which it was delivered and assembled in Kuryk.

All in all, the client was extremely pleased with the Barrus Projects team’s professionalism and expertise, timely delivery of cargo and a fully tailored end-to-end solution to such a serious logistical challenge. To watch some highlights on this extremely complex project, please visit Barrus Projects Youtube Channel:

The Project Logistics Alliance is proud to have such capable members on board!

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