deugro has successfully executed the NKNK03 Olefin Project on behalf of Linde Engineering.

deugro moved a total of 90,000 freight tonnes of heavy lift and oversized cargo from various origins in the Far East and Europe to the remote job site in Nizhnekamsk, Republic of Tatarstan, Russia.

After detailed project planning and engineering preparation, the project execution started on schedule. The volume of the project encompassed more than 300 heavy and oversized units of valuable refining and processing equipment. These included a 724-metric-tonne primary fractionator measuring 78 x 9.8 x 9 metres as well as a 525-metric-tonne C3 splitter measuring 96 x 7 x 6.9 metres.

deugro’s team of experts developed a tailor-made transport solution for this challenging petrochemical project. They had to consider a complex logistics schedule with short navigation periods and a challenging passing of the winding Don River and Volga–Don canal to reach the remote location of the naphtha cracker in Nizhnekamsk.

The entire cargo was transported by a total of nine full-charter vessels. However, given the cargo specifications and total volume, only a limited number of heavy lift vessels were available in the market to complete these voyages.

The heavy lift and overdimensional pieces were shipped from various international seaports to the Nizhnekamsk jetty (dry dock and Transkama Port) in the Russian Federation.

For the cargo originating from the Far East, including the heaviest and largest cargo units, the Port of Constanta in Romania was chosen as strategic transshipment hub. In Constanta, unloading was executed from the ocean-going vessels directly onto a total of 11 barges and various sea river vessels.

Safe loading and passing of the Don River and Volga–Don canal required detailed preparation. After stowage of the sensitive cargo, the barges started their journey of over 1,350 nautical miles to their destination, the dry dock in Nizhnekamsk.

Once the load-in was executed, under the continuous supervision of a ballast engineer, the Self-Propelled Modular Trailers (SPMTs), which together with the cargo measured over 10 metres in height, were ready for the 21-kilometre on-carriage move to the site, accompanied by escort cars and the local traffic police. Afterward, the empty SPMTs returned to be ready for the next unit roll-off the following day.

To ensure smooth road transportation, especially for the heavy lift pieces, many obstacles such as fences and overhead obstructions, including high-voltage power lines, rotaries and traffic lights, had to be dismantled or improved. During the project peak, we coordinated over 100 axles of SPMTs operating in Nizhnekamsk. deugro Moscow was always on hand supervising the journey to the job site in Nizhnekamsk every step of the way,” said Pavel Sinitsyn, Project Manager, deugro Projects LLC (RUS).

More than 300 additional cargo parts were unloaded at the Port of Transkama and transported overland to the construction site. Due to the short navigation time in which the entire cargo had to reach Nizhnekamsk, every step of the transport chain had to run precisely like clockwork. The successful and safe completion of this extensive project is due to the excellent cooperation with our clients, the project owner and our partners.

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