Kalmar delivers 18 forklifts to Algeria’s drilling contractor ENTP

Kalmar, part of Cargotec, has recently delivered a total of 18 forklift trucks to the Algerian company Entreprise Nationale des Travaux aux Puits (ENTP). Created in 1981, ENTP is a subsidiary of Sonatrach and the leading drilling contractor in the country with a market share of close to 45 percent.

The Kalmar G-Generation forklifts have a lifting capacity of 14 tons and are ideal for handling heavy, bulky loads such as a section of pipe or pieces of drilling equipment. They are equipped with a variable hydraulic fan that according to the manufacturer keeps the engine and hydraulics cool even in the most extreme operating conditions. Kalmar has also adapted the machines according to the customer’s unique requirements, which included fitting the machines with a spark arrestor system to prevent any sparks from the machine’s engine from accidentally igniting flammable materials in the immediate vicinity.

The forklifts were delivered during the third quarter of 2018 and are deployed at the company’s site in Hasse Messaoud, Ouargla in eastern Algeria.

“We are delighted that ENTP has chosen our next-generation forklifts to support their drilling in Hasse Messaoud. They are the ideal choice for ensuring optimal performance in precisely the kinds of tough desert conditions that ENTP operates in, where extreme temperatures, sand, and dust are a constant challenge. This deal also marks a further step forward in our strategy to focus on new industrial segments, building on the excellent market share we already enjoy in the cargo-handling sector in Algeria,” said Alejandro Martinez, Mobile Equipment Solutions Sales Manager at Kalmar.

Total and Sonatrach enhanced their cooperation

The French group Total and the Algerian state-owned company Sonatrach signed two agreements on Sunday 7 October in Paris. The first is a new concession contract for the joint development of the Issasouane Erg gas field, located in the South of the Tin Fouyé Tabankort gas field from which Total is the historical partner. Both companies are committed to make the necessary investments in order to value its reserves, estimated at more than 100 millions of oil-equivalent barrels (mboe). Investment needs for this project, for which the production launch is planned at the end of 2021, are up to 400 million dollars. In turn, a second agreement of joint-venture will allow to start their common project in Arzew (in Western Algeria). It will gather the construction of a dehydrogenation of propane factory as well as a polypropylene production unit with a 550 000t per year capacity. The first engineering studies are planned for November. 

” Agreements signed today marked a new step-in the development of the strategic partnership between Sonatrach and Total in order to pursue the value of the country’s gas reserves bringing the best if our technological expertise,” stated Patrick Pouyanné, Total CEO.

40 lifts for Sarens at the Bellara gas power plant in Algeria

Sarens has mobilized a 10-member crew and two crawler cranes to perform a series of forty lifts at the Bellara gas power plant in Jijel, Algeria on behalf of its client Hyundai Engineering.

At the beginning of the mission, Sarens used a modular trailer to transport modules from storage to the lift area. Today, the crew is on its way to completing the full series of lifts, which include 118t-203t power plant modules lifted at 22.5-30 m. The equipment for this operation, that took three days to set up, includes CC2800-1 crawler crane (600t) in SSL configuration and with 84-metre main boom, CC2400-1 crawler crane (400t) in SH configuration and with 42-metre main boom, K25 modular trailer with 12 axles and one mobile crane. One of the main challenges for the Sarens crew was the new procedure the client was using to detach modules from the stand-up jig, which creates a mere 6mm distance between the module and casing. “This method consists of extracting the module with one crane only, by fixing the ‘stand-up jig’ to the metal structure of the casing during the lift,” explained the engineering manager Yassine Amrouche. To do it, the team first performed a tandem lift, and then made a rotation up to a point where they can detach the module from the frame, rotate it again and put it into its final position. The Sarens crew has completed twenty lifts and now is preparing for the next 20 modules to be installed soon.

Bellara is a 1.400MW gas powered plant and a key part of the larger Algerian and Qatari Bellara steel complex project. Algeria’s Sonelgaz has began the construction of this $800 million-dollar facility in 2013 and it should be fully operational by the end of this year.

Total and Sonatrach strengthen their cooperation

The French group Total and the Algerian state-owned hydrocarbon company Sonatrach have just signed an agreement to launch the engineering studies planned for this summer for a petrochemical project in Arzew (located in western Algeria). This project will include a propane dehydrogenation unit (PDH) and a polypropylene (PP) production unit with an output capacity of 550,000 tons per year and an investment of approximately $ 1.4 billion for the two partners. It will be used to transform propane into polypropylene, a type of plastic whose demand is rising strongly.