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Nigerian Pipe Launch Project

In late 2016, Richmond Wheel & CastorCo were contacted by a German specialty engineering company to provide 150 large scale pipe rollers for a large pipe launch project in Nigeria. The project was to launch an oil/gas pipeline from on-shore to an off-shore docking platform as part of a major infrastructure upgrade. One of the biggest challenges to overcome was the terrain, as the pipeline needed to traverse jungle, sand, mud and cross rivers. Richmond were contacted because of our excellent record in supply of high quality, reliable and heavy duty pipe handling products, and because of our high degree of flexibility in what we can offer.

The rollers were designed for a pipe range of 50mm (2”) to 1066mm (42”), with a maximum capacity of 30,000kg per roller unit. The wide range of pipe sizes was catered for by incorporating a method to adjust the roller position. The specification also called for a highly versatile design with capabilities to stack neatly and easily while not in operation, and to be easily moved with a standard forklift. The frame was made from steel and galvanised to withstand the rugged marine conditions, and the load capacity was verified using computer modelling techniques. The rollers were a very high quality Polyurethane, giving massive strength and durability while also ensuring that the pipe itself is not damaged during the installation.

As one of our largest engineering projects to date, the success of the rollers demonstrates our ability to provide a complete turnkey solution from start to finish, including all design, material selection, verification, testing and construction. We are constantly upgrading our facilities to handle new projects and improve our efficiency to solve difficult and complex materials handling problems.