June 20 - DB Schenker is working with Mammoet to manage the transportation of 100,000 tons (90,718.5 tonnes) with 400,000 cu m of freight to Burullus, Egypt for a gas-fired power station with equipment supplied by Siemens.
Three separate 4.8 GW natural gas-fired power stations are being built in Egypt; power will be generated by eight Siemens gas turbines and four steam turbines.
The individual components include turbines, generators, transformers and boilers, with single weights up to almost 500 tons (454 tonnes). Each of the three power stations requires 248 of these components in total, says DB Schenker.
The construction of the Burullus power plant is a major logistical operation with oversized and heavy components and modules arriving from around the world.
These could all be received at the Port of Alexandria but transport by road to the construction site was virtually impossible with many roads and bridge crossings totally unsuited for the size and weight of the components.
Mammoet together with DB Schenker and local Egyptian partner NOSCO proposed a different approach: upgrading the local Burullus fishing port which is located much closer to site. The fishing port was turned into a heavy lift terminal by reinforcing 125 m of quay and increasing ground bearing pressure from three to 20 tons per sq m.
Key in the upgrading was the installation of Mammoet's Terminal Crane, which has a 600-ton (544-tonne) capacity, with low ground bearing pressure which has been designed specifically to turn ports and quaysides into heavy lifting facilities.
Other civil works included upgrading internal port roads, widening of the port gate, preparing 6,000 sq m of laydown area and dredging of the port basin and navigation channel from 3 to 5.5 m to allow for the draft of coaster vessels.
The heavy components from European and US ports is being shipped straight to the Burullus fishing port, which is 16 km from the construction site. Parts from Asia arrive at the Port of Alexandria where they are reloaded onto smaller coaster vessels that can access the port at Burullus.
DB Schenker said it expects to complete the transport operations by September 2017.