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China: Record-Breaking Installation Sinopec Successfully Installs Largest Hydrogenation Reactor in the World

| Editor: Ahlam Rais

Weighing 3,025 tonnes and a height of 72 meters, the world’s largest hydrogen reactor was installed by China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation (Sinopec) in Zhoushan, China on June 10. The reactor is the core element of Zhejiang Petroleum & Chemical’s 40-million-tonne/year refining-chemical integration project, phase II.

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The installation has also set a new record for China regarding the highest integral hoisting weight by a single equipment.
The installation has also set a new record for China regarding the highest integral hoisting weight by a single equipment.
(Source: Sinopec)

China – Designed by Sinopec Engineering, the largest single-unit hydrogenation reactor in the world weighs 3,025 tonnes, which is the equivalent to 17 blue whales 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 320 mm. It’s the core equipment of Zhejiang Petroleum & Chemical’s 40-million-tonne/year refining-chemical integration project, phase II.

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

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

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

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