Removal and Transport of Refinery Reactor using MLT and Tailing Frame

Within the crowded facilties of the BP-Amoco refinery in Toledo, Fluor Constructors was working to remove old processing equipment in preparation for a new ULSD (Ultra Low Sulfur Diesel) unit to meet the new guidelines for fuel. The most significant challenge was the removal of a 400 ton reactor situated tightly in the old unit. Fluor chose Barnhart's Modular Lift Tower (MLT) combined with the innovative use of platform trailer to remove the reactor.

Due to a variety of circumstances the project was awarded only four weeks prior to the schedule lift date. Barnhart conducted the engineering review, site study and mobilized the required components in much the same way as a heavy lift crane. The system was erected using a Manitowoc 888 in a matter of days. During the lift the reactor "grew" from the indicated weight approaching 450t. However, because of the design of the system the vessel was easily lifted and tailed down using Barnhart's tailing frame mounted on Goldhofer platform trailer.

The MLT is a custom lift system that is designed around the site requirements to meet the particular needs of the customer's project. In this case the steel grillage was carefully placed to avoid other structures as well as protect the underground crude oil supply lines.

Equipment Used in this Project