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Goldhofer modules perform record-breaking Indonesian move

Staff Report,

19 Dec 2021

Company’s PST/SL self-propelled transporter combinations used to move oil refinery components weighing more than 1000t each

Three Goldhofer PST/SL self-propelled transporter combinations have been involved in setting a new record in Indonesia for the country’s heavy haul industry with the delivery of RFCC plant components to the Balikpapan refinery in East Kalimantan, transporting three components weighing over a thousand tonnes each.

The project to move the heaviest load ever in the Southeast Asian country was executed by PT LV Logistics and set a new domestic record. According to a press statement by Goldhofer, the Indonesian government’s refinery development master plan has a budget of around $ 17bn and the money is to be spent on upgrading and modernising the five largest oil refineries in the country in line with the latest environmental standards.

One of them is the Balikpapan Refinery in East Kalimantan on Borneo. A main item in the refinery upgrade there involved the supply of plant components and equipment for residual fluid catalytic crackers (RFCC), which employ catalytic cracking to process crude oil to the highest environmental standards into high-quality oil for the production of gasoline and diesel fuels.

So as to be able to handle these processes at the refinery in Balikpapan, the state-owned Indonesian oil company PT Pertamina ordered the necessary components for the plant from the Korean company Hyundai Heavy Industries. They were loaded onto the Korean Hanjin Leader heavy lift vessel and shipped to the port of Balikpapan. From there, they were taken over by PT LV Logistics of Indonesia and transported overland to the refinery over a distance of 3km.

The demands that the project made of the Indonesian freight forwarder were considerable. The contract comprised plant components with a total volume in excess of 24,500m³. They included a disengager/stripper weighing 1,031t and measuring 37.8m by 12.3m by 13.8m, and two regenerators weighing 1,357t and 1,003t, and measuring 28.9m by 17m by 16.1m and 33.6m by 14.1m by 15.2m respectively. Transportation of the first regenerator alone set a new record as the heaviest and most voluminous load transported in Indonesia to date. On top of that, the gigantic transport – with a total weight of 1,597t, an overall length of 34m and a width of over 11m – had to be coaxed around several 90-degree bends within the refinery.

Confronted with loads of such a size and weight, PT LV Logistics of Indonesia turned to transportation solutions provided by Goldhofer AG. To handle such extreme loads, the decision was taken to use three Goldhofer PST/SL self-propelled modules combined with THP/SL modules with 20 axle lines each. The mechanically steered PST/SL self-propelled transporters are designed specially for such heavy-duty work, with axle loads of up to 45t and a tractive driving force of up to 160kN per axle line. With a suspension stroke of 600mm, the heavy-duty combination can be driven completely under the load and pick it up hydraulically.

Goldhofer says that this is a major saving in terms of time and money, because the loads can be picked up without the use of a crane. In addition, Goldhofer PST/SL modules can be combined with other towed and self-propelled heavy-duty modules from the Goldhofer portfolio. This ensures long years of economical working, as well as the option to add to the fleet at short notice by renting the relevant vehicles, said the manufacturer.

Thanks to the use of Goldhofer equipment, the entire project – including transportation of the regenerators weighing up to 1,357t each – was completed within just five days.


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