Lukoil chooses Sarens to carry out the installation of several modules at its Caspian Sea plant

Source: press release, 23 December 2021

Sarens lifted several modules onto Lukoil’s Caspian Sea oil platform
Sarens lifted several modules onto Lukoil’s Caspian Sea oil platform (photo: Sarens)

Lukoil, Russian energy corporation and one of the most important oil refineries in the world, has chosen Sarens to carry out the installation of several modules on its Caspian Sea oil platform. Sarens has been chosen for the work thanks to its background in heavy lifting and specialised machinery, as well as its expertise in the construction of nuclear plants, coal-fired power stations, and chemical plants all over Asia and Europe.

This project consisted in lifting the rotary drill head to a sufficient height for its placement, which required a CC 6800-1 crawler crane with SSL/LSL configuration and 114 metres height.

This heavy machinery was transported from Siberia and Kazakhstan to the plant located in Astrakhan, on the Caspian Sea, where the naval base of the Russian Navy’s Caspian Sea fleet is also located. The transport operation alone took 20 days due to the long distance between Siberia and the Caspian Sea, as well as the journey from Kazakhstan to the base in Astrakhan and the equipment was installed in 10 days.

The overall challenge was also compounded by the presence of active plant workers during the installation process, so the whole lifting operation had to be carried out with special care, maximising care and safety.

According to the project manager, Alexey Budanov, all the operation was a challenge, which they solved by thoughtfully organising and planning the timing and actions of the lifts.

Given the previous experience of Sarens in similar complex projects, it turned out to be a simple and safe operation. Thanks to the crane selection made, the rotary drill, which weighed more than 175 tonnes, was lifted to a height of 100 metres, together with the 75-tonne top module, with a total weight of more than 200 tonnes, and later placed on top of the oil platform.

Lukoil, established in 1991, has 30 years of experience in the oil, gas, and renewable energy industry, employing more than 100,000 people in more than 100 countries. Today, it is considered one of the largest oil refineries in the world, supplying 2% of the total crude oil production in the world. Since 2001, it has been one of the few international companies that have signed an oil plant safety commitment to prevent accidents suffered by other oil companies in the past.

Currently, Lukoil has also committed to renewable energies, in 2021 it mainly focused on two projects in these areas: restoring the Beleronyeskya hydroelectric power plant, and the reconstruction of Volgograd solar power plant. Lukoil is one of the top-rated oil companies in terms of consumer confidence, it has been a pioneer on brand awareness and created an ambitious sustainability plan, from safety to climate change and/or tax policies.