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Mammoet begins Sasol move

March 2 - Mammoet has transported the first three boilers for Sasol's new ethane cracker and derivatives complex in Westlake, Louisiana from the Mexican Port of Altamira.

HLPFI reported in November 2015 that Mammoet had been awarded the heavy lift and transport engineering contract for the large Sasol project on the US Gulf Coast.

The three boilers, which weighed around 1,000 tonnes each, were the first major units of equipment to be delivered to the Sasol project. The first boiler was loaded onto a deck barge in Altamira, before being shipped to the Port of Beaumont, Texas.

In Texas, it was transhipped onto a smaller barge in order to navigate the river system to the Port of Lake Charles, where it was offloaded onto 48 axle lines of self-propelled modular transporters (SPMT) for the 3.2 miles (5.1 km) overland delivery to the Sasol site.

Meanwhile, the deck barge returned to Mexico and loaded the two remaining boilers, as well as 24 additional units of smaller cargo, for transport to the USA. On arrival in Beaumont, the heavy boilers were delivered to the Sasol plant using the same method as the first.

See a video of the overland move below:

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