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Load test at Conbit yard in Eindhoven
22/11/2018

Flare Tip Load Test Using Unique Luffing System

“A unique luffing system used for 10T load test.”

The Conbit team has successfully completed a huge 10t-flare tip load test using their unique luffing system. This will be used for an upcoming replacement project in Kazakhstan.

At 10t, the flare tip is unusually heavy. Conbit developed a special luffing system in-house, ideally suited for lifting this high capacity load on a large platform.

The high-capacity luffing system will be configured to maneuver the gantry to lift the large flare tip. The system, designed as an easy-to-handle method of moving a gantry crane portal, will enable Conbit to utilize a lighter structure to lift loads quicker and at a much higher capacity.

The load test took place at Conbit’s yard in Eindhoven and was witnessed by the client. Conbit’s team pride itself on preparation as the key to project success. This load test was an essential milestone towards the successful completion of the project.

“Although we do a load test on all our lifting equipment and frames before we start a project, as part of the preparation of equipment and engineering plans, this was particularly significant considering the size of the flare tip and the use of the luffing system. This is a major milestone for the project. We are pleased with the client’s positive feedback,” explained Dries van Mierlo, Project Manager.

Based on an offshore field in Kazakhstan, the flare tip replacement project will be the first to use the luffing system. It is expected to take place in mid-2019.

The unique luffing system on project location

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