Three mega reactors left the port of Venice by BigLift’s mv Happy Star. They are destined for the Sriracha refinery in Thailand and were manufactured by the ATB Group. The Brescia-based company is leader in the design and production of equipment for the energy sector and are operating from Porto Marghera.
ATB was chosen by the Samsung, Petrofac, Saipem Consortium to supply part of the equipment for the Clean Fuel unit of the Thai Oil plant. Presently, Sriracha is already the largest Oil & Gas plant of the country. It is located in the Province of Chonburi, on the east coast of the Gulf of Thailand. The Clean Fuel project is a transformation that will expand the plant in size and quality. When ready, Thai Oil will produce higher quality transportation fuels and the refinery’s production capacity will have increased from 275,000 barrels per day to 400,000 barrels per day.
Heavy Lift vessel Happy Star safely loaded three precious all-stage reactors made of a vanadium modified CrMo steel. Apart from their materials, also their sizes are extraordinary. With diameters ranging from 5.4 to 5.7 metres, weights from 880 to 1700 mt and lengths from 37 to 52 metres they fall in the XXL category. This shipment marked a new record for the Venetian Port, after the reactors for Dangote (Nigeria) shipped in summer 2018, which had also been loaded and transported by mv Happy Star.
Mv Happy Star is equipped with two Huisman mast cranes combinable to 2200 mt lifting capacity, making her unrivalled in heavy lift shipping.