On Tuesday, May 9, the first phase of the two-day road transport of the largest loads carried on public roads in Poland began in Płock. The wash tower column weighs over 850 tonnes and is almost 100 meters long. Thus, the largest and most difficult part of the complex project was finalized, the purpose of which was to transport the components of the installation of the Olefin III complex built by PKN Orlen.
The construction project of the Olefin III complex is PKN Orlen’s largest investment in the petrochemical sector in Europe in the last two decades. The same applies to the transport of the components of this installation – describes DSV’s Polish branch, which is responsible for detailed implementation, engineering maintenance and transport security.
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So far, from countries like China, Korea, India, Spain or Belgium, 786 cargoes were delivered to the port of Gdańsk by 11 ships. Among them were gigantic objects like m. The wash tower, i.e. the largest and heaviest, is at the same time the most important element of the entire investment.
At the request of the investment contractor, the international consortium of Hyundai Engineering and Technicas Reinitas in Poland, DSV planned a comprehensive transportation strategy considering the use of innovative methods. Set many Polish logistic records – stated in the article.
The largest traffic through the Vistula River in history
For the transport of the wash tower and other components, river transport via the Vistula was chosen, Europe’s largest unregulated river. This was made possible by the use of innovative solutions by a team of specialists from DSV projects who received special vessels from Western Europe and then adapted them to the river conditions and the demanding parameters of the cargo.
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– We are an experienced logistics operator with well-established international knowledge, but this project was still a big challenge for us. Due to the importance of PKN Orlen investment […] Each of the performed operations was planned on the basis of meticulous engineering plans – explains Grzegorz Samoć, director of the DSV Department of Projects and head of the entire project.
– However, even the best team cannot completely rule out the dangers of navigating unregulated waterways. We had to reckon with the fact that there could be many threats in our way beyond our control, for example Water levels in the Vistula are too low or too high, which can cause collisions with bridge structures. And these are just a few of the potential hurdles, he added.
DSV already had to make several investments in infrastructure to implement the river phase, including expert opinions on waterways in Gdańsk and Płock, strengthening the ramp in Płock, construction of a warehouse yard in Płock and acquisition of special cranes with lifting. 650 and 1200 ton capacity respectively. This enabled the loading and unloading of investment components from ships.
Also, the river rocks must meet the regulatory requirements in Poland and the technical parameters of the transported goods. The transport has successfully reached its destination and has already been unloaded ashore.
Through the streets of Płock
On Tuesday, May 9, the road stage for the two-day transport of the petrochemical column began from the Vistula dam to the final destination – the PKN Orlan production plant in Płock. A 72-axle SPMT set is used for transportation – a total of 576 swivel wheels. In other words, The length of the transported cargo exceeds the height of a 10-storey residential building.
At the same time, DSV, with the consent and cooperation of the competent authorities, modified the road infrastructure according to the requirements of the project. Eight roundabouts had to be reconstructed for traffic Replacement of more than 20 conflicting power lines located in the corridors and Temporary removal of dozens of street lights and a series of illuminated and plain road signs that control lane capacity.
– The transport wash tower is definitely one of the largest transports carried out on public roads in Poland – said Grzegorz Samoć.
– It is noteworthy that the tower is only one part of a huge and unique project executed for PKN Arlen by the international consortium of Hyundai Engineering and Technicas Reinitas. A total of 1,500 loads will be transported from Gdańsk to Płock via the Vistula River. We expect approximately 80 freight traffic and several hundred car traffic. This will be a feat for the river which has remained unbroken for a long time. I mean both the whole project and the transportation of the individual elements transported. Suffice it to say there is more to come Transport of two elements weighing 600 tonnes each – added.
Construction of Olefin Complex III
PKN Orlen expands Olefin complex at production plant in Płock. It is a flagship project under the Strategic Petrochemical Development Plan and the largest petrochemical investment in Europe in the last 20 years. The investment in the olefin complex will benefit not only the Orlan Group, but also Płock and the surrounding municipalities. The expansion of the olefin complex means new jobs.
As a result of the project Ultimately, employment at PKN Orlan will increase by approximately 580 FTEs.. Orlan estimates that the total petrochemical investment will generate taxes in the amount of PLN 160 million for the budget.
In addition, the availability of basic petrochemicals will increase, which will be the basis for the development of the chemical industry in Poland, thus having a positive impact on the economy.
Traffic in numbers:
- 11 ships – from China, Korea, India, Spain and Belgium, brought 786 loads, of which: 271 large and 515 quality
- On January 11, 2023, unloading of the first ship began, and the first river traffic began on January 18, 2023.
- 4 more vessels with components for construction of Olefin Complex III are expected in May (3 units) and June (1 vessel).
- 69 loads in 45 buses have been transported along the Vistula River (so far) for this investment.
- 64 loads (so far) have been delivered to the construction site of the Olefin III complex from the Vistula Cave.
- The wash tower is the largest and heaviest element transported for the construction of the Olefin III complex. Next in terms of weight are the 600 ton reactor/gas coolers (two pcs.)
- The construction of the cranes on the Płock quay lasted about a week for each unit (crawler cranes class 1200 and 650 t).
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