Mammoet performed the furthest and longest land transportation ever completed in Kazakhstan, deploying its specialist transport services to complete the complex 3,400km transportation of five Out of Gauge (OOG) items, each measuring up to 42m long.
The capabilities of Mammoet’s heavylifting and haulage equipment and their ability to draw on the support of global resources enabled Mammoet to transport the items using the most cost-effective method, despite the challenging terrain of the vast and complex route.
Extensive preparations began six months in advance of the abnormal load transportation, which would move the OOG items from Bautino port to a steel plant in Temirtau. Mammoet liaised with various local authorities to plan the most efficient route. As well as the need to survey the route and complete the engineering calculations necessary to negotiate overhead obstacles and large structures like roundabouts, over 100 bridges required inspection.
The super heavy transport included items weighing up to 150t and a few bridges were found to be unsuitable for use. Where possible, bridges were reinforced but some needed to be avoided completely and Mammoet ensured the most cost-effective methods were utilised, building temporary side roads to bypass structures.
Mammoet’s scope began at the port, where they used a new 750t capacity crawler crane alongside two others to unload the items from several vessels onto waiting trailers. Drawing on their extensive equipment fleet, up to 26 axle lines of SPT were used to transport each OOG item and Mammoet was able to reduce costs by performing the transportation in a single convoy.