Sinopec Completes Installation of World’s Largest Hydrogenation Reactor

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ZHOUSHAN, China – Chinese energy and chemical firm China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation (Sinopec) announced that it has set China’s new record of highest integral hoisting weight by a single equipment, after successfully installing the world’s first and largest slurry-bed residue hdyrogenation reactor of 3,000 tonnage in 15 hours in Zhoushan.

Designed by Sinopec Engineering, the largest single-unit hydrogenation reactor in the world weighs 3,025 tons, which is the equivalent of 17 blue whales, the biggest animal on earth, and has a height of 72 meters (236.2 feet) that corresponds to a 26-story building.

The reactor’s outside diameter is 6.156 meters (20.2 feet) and has a wall thickness of 320mm. It’s the core equipment of Zhejiang Petroleum & Chemical’s 40-million-ton/year refining-chemical integration project, phase II.

he record-breaking installation adopted the 5,200-ton slidable hydraulic gantry lifting system for the main hoisting task, and a 2,000-ton XGC28000 crawler crane coordinated the lift from the other end.

The 5,200-ton hydraulic gantry lifting system has the advantages of lifting heavy weights, shifting integrally, and requiring fewer steps of assembly & disassembly of the middle tower, this solution effectively minimized the impact on the construction site and shortened the overall construction period.

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The 5,200-ton hydraulic gantry lifting system will be relocated integrally to prepare for the lifting and installation of the second hydrogenation reactor, it will complete six more similar hoisting tasks in the coming months.

Sinopec Corp. is one of the largest integrated energy and chemical companies in China.

Its principal operations include the exploration and production, pipeline transportation and sale of petroleum and natural gas; the sale, storage and transportation of petroleum products, petrochemical products, coal chemical products, synthetic fiber, fertilizer and other chemical products; the import and export, including an import and export agency business, of petroleum, natural gas, petroleum products, petrochemical and chemical products, and other commodities and technologies; and research, development and application of technologies and information. – BusinessNewsAsia.com