The world-first solutions designed by The Men from Marr’s for the Chevron-operated Gorgon LNG Project has changed the way that companies like Chevron are looking at craneage logistics and construction solutions for large resources projects around the world.
A high-cost project running to a demanding schedule with multiple contractors and suppliers – further complicated by dangerous seas, unpredictable weather patterns, cyclonic conditions, the world’s highest recorded wind speeds (400kms / hour), an A-class marine conservation reserve and strict quarantine management systems.
Working with construction delivery partners, Kellogg Joint Venture – Gorgon (KJVG) we engineered a number of innovative solutions and components – including the super fly and SPMT transport system – to address the logistics and construction challenges and provide greater coverage, flexibility and value to Chevron’s construction methodology.
Our involvement resulted in significant cost savings and productivity gains including reduced crane dismantle and reassemble times from 2-3 weeks to 1.5 hours, reduced cargo unloading and re-packaging times from up to 5 days to one.
Located on the northwest coast of Western Australia, the Chevron-operated Gorgon Project is one of the world’s largest LNG projects and the largest single resource development in Australia’s history.
Working with KJVG, The Men from Marr’s erected a Favelle Favco M2480D tower crane to unload freight at the MOF at Wapet Landing on Barrow Island. The solution reduced barge unloading and repacking times from 4-5 days to a day.
KJVG contracted Marr’s to provide a craneage solution for the Project’s marine lifting facility at AMC Henderson, Perth. Using a world-first engineering solution, we used SPMT trailers to achieve ‘the impossible’ – loading a 12,000 tonne M2480D crane onto the Barrow Island-bound super barge, “Miss Hannah”
Fully loaded with the M2480D crane and multimillion-dollar cargo, Miss Hannah makes repeated return journeys along the 906 nautical mile of coastline to deliver construction materials and supplies for the LNG Plant on Barrow Island.
The SMPT trailer solution we used to load the M2480D onto Miss Hannah is employed at the LNG Plant to move tower cranes around the construction site within 1.5 hours instead of taking2-3 weeks to dismantle and reassemble each time a crane is relocated.
On the success of the Gorgon Project, The Men from Marr’s are working with international engineering, construction and project management company, Bechtel, to build the $40 billion Wheatstone Project near Onslow in Western Australia.
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