Braid recently transported and set three 42-ton transformers and accessories for a power plant in New Jersey. The power equipment’s arrival to its final destination culminated a long journey from China where the transformers were shipped on a heavy lift type vessel.
The 512-megawatt natural gas-fired power plant is currently supporting the gas-using businesses in the region and is being expanded through the installation of additional equipment to increase its power generating capacity.
Braid’s scope began at the port of Philadelphia. With the power pads being under construction at the time of vessel’s arrival, the move had to be postponed. Therefore, the transformers were received from vessel and staged at a temporary storage area where they were inspected; all major external components were found intact. The units were later delivered to the jobsite as needed on a just-in-time basis. Transformers had to be staggered in a particular sequence so as to overcome obstacles related to the congestion in the work area. The units were lifted with a 350-ton crane positioned next to the foundation within a 30-foot radius. The outriggers were deployed onto steel mats and timbers placed underneath them to distribute the load of the crane to the ground and achieve a minimum soil bearing capacity of 2500 lbs psf. Transformers were then gently swung around 180 degrees from the delivering equipment onto their respective concrete pads for installation. All other accessories were successfully offloaded to the laydown area.
“We have overcome challenges related to a changing delivery schedule and congestion”, said Gus Chalos, President of Braid Projects. “Nevertheless, we delivered as requested and have allowed the site to carry out its expansion work without causing disruptions to the general operations of the plant”.
Braid Projects were hired to move a set of Blowout Preventers (BOP) from supplier site in Houston, TX to port of Xingang, China. Our scope of services included transport of the BOPs from site to port, vessel loading, ocean freight arrangement, and export Customs formalities.
The challenge faced during this shipment was related to the hoist rings for lifting of the BOP body. Unfortunately, only one set of hoist rings were ordered for both BOP bodies; there was not time to order a second set of lifting lugs and still make the intended vessel schedule. Braid Projects solved the challenge by purchasing and supplying the tools required to remove the lugs from the first BOP body once loaded to the vessel, and place them to the second BOP body. The lifting lugs were then torqued to 800ft-lbs before lifting. Braid Projects was proactive in supplying the tools in a timely manner, allowing the terminal crew to perform the lift operations without incident and for the cargo to make the intended vessel. The customer was pleased with our solution and very happy that the cargo made the intended sailing, avoiding schedule delay and additional costs.
Texas-based GPLN member Braid Projects (USA), LLC was recently contracted to deliver over 5,000 cubic meters of power plant equipment from Asia into the U.S.
The materials were destined for three power generating stations, one of which is the largest in terms of square feet, steam production, power generation capability and coal consumption in Minnesota. The major shipment was awarded to Braid shortly after the State regulators approved the plant’s decision to shut down its coal-fired section. As partial replacement, the plant proposed a new combined-cycle gasfueled plant which uses gas and steam turbines to produce electricity more efficiently.
With liquidated damages in effect for this shipment, Braid had to ensure no delay in delivery and was able to put together one of its innovative plans to smoothly execute the operations from origin to the destination. To protect the integrity of the cargo, the packages were loaded underdeck in all three compartments of the ocean vessel in China.
As big fires continue to consume the South of Chile, Braid have been actively working to help aid those in need. In order to help as a company, in cooperation with RR Wines (the biggest bulk winery in Chile) we have donated 6 flexitanks to a small town in the south. Our flexitanks can store over 30,000 litres of water and our unique level of care enables us to give 100% guarantees against leaks and taint. Aiding these disasters will help to fight the problem more quickly and will benefit the people of Chile.
On 16th January 2017 the New Plastics Economy initiative published its latest report titled “The New Plastics Economy: Catalysing action” at the World Economic Forum’s annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland. The report was produced by the Forum, the Ellen MacArthur Foundation and SYSTEMIQ. A clear transitional strategy for the global plastics economy includes the design of better packaging, increase plastic recycling rates and to introduce new models to make better use of packaging.
The full report includes three key conclusions, which have been summarised in this Food Packaging Forum article.
The report can be found here.