Haulage and load out of Pressure Separators in Oman 

Khimji Ramdas Shipping, member to the Worldwide Project Consortium (WWPC) for Oman, recently completed the inland haulage and loading of five units of high and low pressure separators in Oman for export to Kuwait. The haul, executed in coordination with the Ministry of Transport and the Royal Oman Police (ROP),  involved 1200 metric ton of finished products transported over 700 Kms from Nizwa Industrial Estate to the Port of Duqm and the subsequent loading onto chartered vessels heading to Kuwait.

Separators are pressure vessels used for separating an oil well stream into gaseous and liquid components. The separators are the first-of-its-kind to be manufactured and exported from Oman. 

While the low pressure ( LP) separators were the longest at 27.3 mtrs , the high pressure (HP) separators were the heaviest at 322 Tons . Each piece were moved in consultation with, and permission from , The Ministry of Transport and  the Royal Oman Police, with the Police escort  vehicles accompanying. Each piece took  4 days in their route from Nizwa to Port of Duqm, were stored on stools and beams in the port premises till vessel arrival and were loaded onto suitable bulk cargo carriers at Port of Duqm . Multi axle trailers, with  2 file x 18 axle combination were used in  the inland haulage of the 5 pieces of the below mentioned dimensions.

  • Three LP Separators : 27.3 m x 6.4 m x 5.78 m – 160 Ton weight each 
  • Two HP Separators : 24.1 m x 6.4 m x 6.15 m – 322 Ton weight each 

Brief details of some of the major consignments of coated pipes handled are:

Port of Duqm to Saih Rawl Gas field

  • Type of pipes: 24 inch coated pipes, 12 mtrs length 
  • Total pipes: 1913 numbers 
  • Volume: 10190 cbm 
  • Distance from Port to FPD: 460 km one way.
  • Standard 40 ‘ foot trailer , each carrying 9 number of pipes, covering the whole delivery in 28 days at a stretch.

Port of Salalah to Salalah LPG site 

  • Type of pipes: mix of 16 inch and 24 inch coated pipes , 12 mtrs length
  • Total pipes: 3347 numbers 
  • Volum: 11340 cbm 
  • Standard 40 ‘ foot trailer , each carrying 14x 16 inch pipes or 9 x 24 inch pipes, covering the whole delivery in 30 days at a stretch, over 262 continuous trips.

Port of Duqm  to Duqmq Free Zone – Oman Gas Company site 

  • Type of pipes: mix of 18 inch and 32  inch coated pipes , 12 mtrs length 
  • Total pipes: 1069 numbers 
  • Volume: 8780 cbm 
  • Standard 40 ‘ foot trailer , each carrying 12x 18 inch pipes or 5 x 32 inch pipes, over 150 continuous trips.