The intercombi power booster is the newest member in ETAL’s equipment family. And by that ETAL has become the first transportation company in Egypt to own the Scheuerle intercombi axles with a power booster
The intercombi power booster will facilitate the following operations:
- As thrust machine:
As soon as the tractor no longer has sufficient power to manage the incline, the driving gear starts automatically, thus; providing sufficient thrust. The additional driving gear also shuts off automatically once the incline has been overcome.
- In-house transport and hard maneuvers:
For in-house transport, the drive unit PPU can be uncoupled from the tractor and can be controlled as a self – propelled transport combination using a mobile control unit. The hydrostatic drive , lifting and lowering functions, hydraulic steering brake system and electric power supply can also be controlled using this unit .
Egytrans being the pioneer in the Egyptian heavy lift and transport industry that it is; it did not shy away from taking on the large project of transporting two 233 ton transformers. The ordeal of transporting such large pieces of cargo along with additional equipment and accessories of general cargo was no easy task, but again Egytrans proved to be the company with the professionalism and eye for detail to take on this arduous task.
The two transformers were objects of great importance and concern to the client so it was imperative that Egytrans move forward with ample safety measures in mind. Careful planning was required when choosing the optimal transport path for the transformers. There were several bridges and canals which could not sustain the load and its reinforcement would be cost prohibitive for both Egytrans and the client. Because of this, a multi-modal concept was chosen including, barge and land based transport moving from the Alexandria port, along the Nubaria canal for 250 km to the Khatatba temporary jetty (designed and built by Egytrans) to its final unloading position in Giza North Power Station. Safety and cost efficiency were the main driving factors in choosing this decision.
The efficiency of moving the barge was thanks to careful planning, including a sound method statement, and teamwork with different governmental parties, subsidiary companies, and working partners. All paperwork and governmental arrangements were taken care of with such thoroughness that the whopping 450+ tons of cargo was offloaded in the Alexandria port in less than 24 hours saving the client any and all storage fees from the port.
The transport was even undertaken in the barricading period of the Nubaria canal, which means that it is the time of the lowest water levels of the year and the most difficult time to navigate barges through the canal. Egytrans again took this opportunity to showcase its astute planning and its attention to detail and safety precautions. The company collaborated with the Ministry of Irrigation and River Transport Authority to navigate the water locks system and to study the necessary water levels appropriate for maintaining the safety of the transformers and the barge in the process.
At Khatatba, Egytrans took it upon itself to build a temporary jetty to ensure the safety and route efficiency of transporting the transformers. Egytrans saw an opportunity to further develop investment opportunities by creating its own temporary jetty in Khatatba for such heavy lifts, saving both the company and any clients additional fees for using government jetties.
Furthermore, a PC/CC 4200 crane was on hand with a super lift-supported lift mechanism to offload the transformers and move them to hydraulic trailers supplied by “ETAL” (Egytrans Subsidiary Company) and to their final destination in the Giza North Power Station safely and exactly on time showcasing the professionalism and punctuality that Egytrans is proud to have.
After purchasing the new Scheuerle trailer we decided to buy the most up-to-date and specialized type of software to make calculations for our trailer, so we bought software called SALSA PLUS which is also developed by Scheuerle.
This software can calculate and give us complete and accurate results for Loads and stresses on the trailer body and suspension systems, it also can make a simulation for the trailer movement and all the complicated maneuvers for a single trailer or two trailers with bolster configuration in order to accurately calculate the space requirement on road level and the reclaiming works needed.
Two engineers from our team had been sent to Germany to attend a training to be certified to use SALSA PLUS, and after return to Egypt they arranged an internal training to the rest of our team to make them also capable and qualified to deal with SALSA PLUS.
Six transformers of weight 146.5 ton each with dimensions 7.42m x 4.31m x 5.10m had been transported from Adabiya port up to the site location at El Khatateba.
The transportation operation had been done using different means of transportation to avoid crossing over the Ring Road bridges as the axial load was exceeding the Permissible.
ETAL had the opportunity to transport the blades and the hubs of Gabal EL Zeet wind farm.
The blades are 37.50 ton each with dimensions 40.5 m x 4.22m x 3.00 m and the hubs are 24.00 ton each with dimensions 4.00 m x 3.50 m x 3.50 m.
24 blades and 24 hubs had been transported out of 100 blades and 100 hubs.