On June 17, large equipment from South Korea was delivered to the IPCI construction site - two Catofin propane dehydrogenation reactors and a propane storage tank. The equipment from the river port of Atyrau was delivered by Sarens, one of the world leaders in the field of transportation and lifting of heavy cargo.
Specialists of the 13 construction company of CNCEC Hualu started installation of reactors on the unit 1110 “PDH Reaction Area” from the east side. At first, the R-10008 reactor was mounted, and the next day a second R-10007 reactor was installed. During the installation, a caterpillar crane with a lifting capacity of 500 tons was leased from the same “Sarens” company.
It should be noted that prior to the installation of the reactors, considerable laborious preparation work was done, namely: preparing the site for the crawler crane; transportation and assembly of the crawler crane at place; scaffolding to provide access to the installation of reactors.
In total, the CATOFIN reactor block consists of 8 reactors 11-R-10001÷10008. The length of one reactor is 15 meters, diameter 6 meters, and weight 145 tons.
Installation of the remaining R-10001÷06 reactors is planned as delivered from June 24 of the current year.
If Catofin propane dehydrogenation reactors were mounted practically “just-in-time”, the situation with the propane storage tank turned out a little differently. The propane storage tank was exposed on metal supports at unit 8111 “Pressurized Storage Unit”. Installation of tanks is planned upon arrival of all four units.
The dimensions of the steel giant are impressive. The length of one such dreamboat is 42 meters, diameter 8.4 meters, and weight 532 tons.
The reactors are designed to carry out the process of catalytic dehydrogenation of propane on a chrome-aluminum catalyst. While propane storage tanks are designed to store liquefied propane with a volume of 2500 m3.