One-thousand pressure vessels can't be wrong - Taranaki has a very skilled engineering sector.
Two big cranes were yesterday used to lift a 22-tonne pressure vessel on to the top of a 30-metre-high oil recycling plant being built by Fitzroy Engineering in New Plymouth for an Australian client.
The operation was special, not only because the vessel was the biggest for this project, but also because it was the 1000th to be built by Fitzroy.
"We've built up a quite a reputation for them," Fitzroy Engineering's general manager of projects Paul Charteris said.
"Over the years we've built a variety of pressure vessels that have ranged from basic models to really tricky ones made of all sorts of exotic materials."
The vessel lifted into place yesterday will be what is known as a fractionation column that will separate waste oil into various grades of recycled oil.
When commissioned, the Northern Oil Refineries plant will process waste lubricant oil from mining and agricultural machinery, transport vehicles and cars.
Yesterday's big lift does not mark the completion of the Fitzroy project. Installing four more smaller vessels plus various sections of connecting pipework will take another month.
Then the entire plant will be broken down into 16 pieces for shipment to the Queensland city of Gladstone.
Getting all these pieces from New Plymouth's Waiwhakaiho Valley to Port Taranaki would not be as spectacular as two years ago when the bright yellow Yolla topside module was transported to port, but it would be a big exercise all the same, Mr Charteris said.
"The various pieces will range from 30 tonnes to 60 tonnes. The biggest will be 30 metres tall, and they will all be 6m by 6m," he said.
"We'll be laying them all on their sides and transporting them to port in the early hours of the morning some time during mid to late November. So it's going to be a complicated job."
- © Fairfax NZ News
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