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QATAR - Finishing Touches To Massive Ras Laffan Port Expansion [cont]


Sophisticated equipment used for underwater working used at Ras LaffanInvestment in Ensuring Service
The work is demanding and the conditions tough for both men and machines. With tight deadlines to meet, Abeko was charged with ensuring that the most appropriate equipment was available to the order of the Van Oord and the JV.

It was essential, therefore, that they ensured that the equipment was reliable, and that the operators had the necessary skills to work with the advanced technology used in placing the various materials. The operating environment in Ras Laffan is not the best for plant and equipment. Servicing was, therefore, deemed a priority. As the machines were virtually on-call at all times, service scheduling was critical.

Apart from fully equipped service vehicles used by technicians skilled to work on a wide variety of machines, Abeko also built a fully equipped workshop with 10 full time engineers and 2 full time site/workshop supervisors. This provided the essential 24 hour day coverage, 7 days a week. To minimise delay in servicing and repairing the equipment, Abeko had over 1,500,000 Euros worth of spare parts on site at all times.

Logistic Management
Working on projects where specialized equipment is required takes many months of planning. From the earliest possible time (even pretender stage), Abeko works with contractors in devising the most cost effective solution to ensure that not only is equipment sized and configured for the project but that it is delivered on time.

Abeko had a full workshop and parts inventory at Ras LaffanAs a global plant hire company, this can mean shipping equipment from different parts of the world as well as making any necessary modifications. Within the Abeko range of equipment there is no such thing as a ‘standard’ machine. This is what differentiates Abeko from most other plant hire companies.

Almost every piece of equipment has been extensively modified to meet the challenging work demanded from them. Typical modifications include wider, longer undercarriages on excavators for increased stability and additional counterweights to facilitate handling or large, heavy-rocks and precast elements.

Dump trucks typically have Hardox bodies and electrical circuits given additional protecting from the harsh environment. Some components such as alternators are also upgraded.

Abeko also uses many different boom configurations and will even make their own modifications to booms for special applications. Their self-propelled jack-up barges are also fully equipped with accommodation units and catering facilities to enable extended operations offshore to maximise available time.

Working in Partnership
The current phase is the first step in a major expansion of the port facilities at Ras Laffan Industrial City which already has two of the world largest natural gas terminals.

The contract, valued at US $2 billion, by Hofstade-Aalst, Belgium - Qatar Petroleum, is being undertaken by Jan de Nul Group in a 50/50 joint venture with Boskalis. Van Oord BV is under contact to the main contractors to undertake construction of the breakwaters and associated works.

For many years, Abeko BV has had a close association with Van Oord providing vital equipment and support services.

Site report and equipment photographs by Roger Lindley - Editor

Abeko UK
Van Oord
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