Engineered transport specialist Sarens has transported and installed 48 modules for the Sarawak Petchem methanol project in Bintulu, Malaysia, on behalf of Samsung Engineering.


In January 2023, Sarens began with the load-in of the 1,571-tonne modules at the jetty, where they had arrived from Vietnam on barges. Sarens then transported the modules approximately 1 km using a transport configuration of three 36-axle Kamag SPMTs. 

At the foundation area, the combinations were then then reconfigured to six 22-axle lines to execute a transverse movement installation onto the foundations.

Sarens conducted careful and stringent engineering and planning before and throughout the operation, accounting for the soft and often unsuitable ground at the foundation site. To mitigate this, the team laid steel plates along the SPMTs’ transport and installation path, which included a 250 m uphill slope at about a 2.4 percent gradient.

In addition to the modules, which measured 26 m x 47 m x 25 m, Sarens also deployed its CC8800-1, CC2800, and CC2400 cranes to lift various components, including process unit modules and columns.

With the plant’s completion in March 2023, the project is expected to nearly double Petronas Chemical Group’s production in Malaysia.