Huge first stage reactor erected at HPCL; heaviest of its sort in India


Huge first stage reactor erected at HPCL; heaviest of its sort in India

A huge first stage reactor weighing 1,646 tonnes was successfully erected at HPCL’s facility in the city on Tuesday, marking a milestone in the public sector undertaking’s modernisation drive.

The reactor, with an erection weight of 1,646 tonnes (1,858 tonnes including internals) was erected using the 3,200-tonne MSG 80 crane of Mammoet along with a tailing frame with a capacity of 2,000 tonnes, resting on an SPMT of 1,540 tonne. “This was one of the heaviest reactors erected in a single piece in the Indian oil industry,” an HPCL spokesman said. This is the second reactor to be erected; an earlier one was erected on June 11.

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