Sarens Move 230t Northern Lights Project Tanks
For several weeks in January, Sarens was involved in moving 12 carbon dioxide tanks on behalf of customer Aker Solutions AS and the Northern Lights project. The Northern Lights project is part of the greater Norwegian carbon capture and storage initiative, Longship. The goal of the project is to capture carbon dioxide from industrial sources and ship it, in liquid form, to a subsea location in the North Sea for permanent storage.
Executed on site in Kollsnes, Norway, the transport operation called for 24 axle K24ST SPMTs and two Maxi PPUs. The K24ST SPMTs were selected due to their impeccable performance on similar projects. All the equipment was mobilised to the site via four trucks and required a half day of rigging to prepare for transport. The SPMTs arrived in mid-November and will remain on-site through mid-April.
For this operation, careful planning was vital. Sarens knew that load capacity would be critical at the site and that it was crucial to stay below 5t per square metre. Working with maximum precision and care, the Sarens SPMTs transported each tank from the quayside to the storage area, a distance of approximately 600m. Each of the 35m long, 230t tanks was moved along two lines of 12-axle SPMTs with two power pack units. The tanks had to be transported at a certain height to get into the jobsite, Energiparken Rogn, through fixed entry gates. For this reason, high cribbing on the trailers was required.
Seven of the tanks were shipped from Aviles in Spain by RollDock in the first shipment and the remaining five in the second voyage.
Sarens would like to thank the SPMT supervisor and three operators involved in transporting the carbon dioxide tanks for this important project. The weather in Norway at this time of year can often be windy and unpredictable, but the team was able to complete the operation with perseverance, patience, and skill.