Single point of contact
Modular construction supported
Vanadium is a metal element that is used as an additive for steel, increasing its strength for use in tools, surgical instruments and even jet engines. During production, its ore is placed into a large tank containing a special solution, which leaches the vanadium from it, which falls to the base for collection.
ALE was chosen to transport four such tanks from their point of manufacture near Johannesburg to a mine site in North West province. It advised on delivery strategy from an early stage, allowing the client to avoid an onsite stick build approach that would have posed many challenges, such as requiring workers to be fitted with gas masks and causing the potential to produce a non-watertight vessel.
Instead, the tanks were delivered as a complete module from their location of manufacture in Vanderbijlpark, a distance of 252.3km to site. One after the other over a course of seven months, the tanks were received, transported across one of the country’s most metropolitan provinces, and installed.
The tanks were received at the workshop, where they were jacked-up to a height of approximately two metres by four 150t jacks. Following this, a prime mover fitted with a Cometto 18-axle 2 file trailer was reversed underneath the tank, ultimately taking the load.