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Mammoet to provide heavy lift works on India's VRMP

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Mammoet has announced that it will deploy a MSG 80 crane to erect columns and reactors for the Visakh Refinery Modernisation Project (VRMP) at Visakh Refinery, India.

The large expansion on the existing Visakh Refinery began in early 2017, and is intended to increase the refinery’s production in order to supply India’s ever-increasing demand for globally compliant fuels.

The MSG 80 crane is scheduled to be deployed in March 2019.

A total of five lifts are scheduled for the project: a vacuum column, a crude column, two reactors and a heavy fractionator, the heaviest of which is a 50 m reactor weighing 1650 t. The crane will execute the lifts from three different locations.

VRMP is a brownfield expansion of the existing Visakh Refinery, which is owned by Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited (HPCL). It was commissioned in 1957 and was the first oil refinery on the East Coast. The expansion works will enable the production and distribution of Bharat Stage VI fuels to meet a new emission standard, due for implementation in India from 2020.

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