Enerpac SL400 gantry used in Morocco24 April 2019
North African international logistics company Marine Maroc has used its new Enerpac SL400 gantry to install high pressure heaters weighing 130t at the 2x693MW Safi coal-fired power plant, located close to the city of Safi in Southwest Morocco.
Currently under construction, the Safi power plant will be the first coal-fired project in Africa to use ultra-supercritical technology offering 10% higher efficiency compared to conventional plants, enabling significant CO2 reductions and lower fuel costs. With a capacity of 1,386MW, the Safi power plant is part of Morocco’s national strategic plan to meet its growing electricity demand.
Marine Maroc was contracted to transport HP heaters to the plant from Safi port. On arrival at the plant, the Enerpac SL400 telescopic hydraulic gantry was deployed for the first time to lift the heaters from the company’s hydraulic modular trailers. The SL400 gantry is Enerpac’s highest capacity bare cylinder gantry. Equipped with three stage lifting cylinders, the SL400 lifts up to 9.14m at the top of the third stage and can handle up to 408t at the top of the first stage.
For Marine Maroc, the gantry is equipped with powered side shift units for ease of manoeuvring loads. As standard the SL400 features an Intelli-Lift wireless control system allowing unobstructed views of the load. The wireless system ensures automatic synchronisation of lifting with accuracy of 24mm and automatic synchronisation of travel with accuracy of 15mm. The gantry control system allows users to operate the lift locally at each leg or use the Intelli-Lift remote control.
“Our experienced staff are highly capable of handling large and heavy loads,” said Mohammed Belaidi from the technical department of Maroc Marine. “The SL400 is an outstanding addition to our heavy lifting capability for many power plant projects where the gantry can be readily deployed both outside and inside the plant when space is limited.”