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TRANSPORTATION: Heavy Lifting At Koeberg Station

 



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HEAVY lifting, transportation and plant installation specialist, Vanguard late last year completed a project for Eskom’s Koeberg Nuclear Power Station. The company was contracted to provide the required rigging and transportation support during Outage 118 at Africa’s only nuclear power station.

Negating the need for a prime mover, a self-propelled modular trailer (SPMT) and three modular axles were selected by the company to transport three existing 170t LP rotors, three 20t LP rotor covers and a 200t generator from the turbine hall to a temporary storage facility.

The SPMT was particularly suited to this application due to the short transport distance and on-site work,” says Dennis Scholfield, Cape Town branch manager, Vanguard. The SPMT’s turning axles also competently navigate sharp corners, providing additional flexibility on site.

The entire project extended over a period of two months and the old rotors were removed one at a time, as the new ones arrived on site. At the storage area, a 400t hydraulic gantry system and four 50t slings were utilised to lift each rotor off the SPMT and lower it to the ground. Scholfield says: “This eliminated the need for mobile cranes – a cost-cutting exercise that helped us to secure the contract in the first place.”

To control the ambient temperatures of the rotors, the rotor covers were placed on top as a final step.

Due to the nature of the facility and the strict safety standards, all staff members had to undergo a week of induction and police clearance prior to the commencement of the project. In addition, the gantries had to be load tested before and after every lift.


 
 
 
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