IN LIGHT OF THE LIMITED LAYDOWN AREA AT THE PROJECT SITE, DEUGRO OPERATED A 25,000 SQUARE METER MARSHALLING YARD
The project site for the two plants is located 68 kilometers east of the capital, Santo Domingo, and 40 kilometers east of the Port of Caucedo. Altogether, the project volume was over 120,000 FRT, including 80 heavy lift items ranging from 60 to 301 tons in weight.
One year before the first cargo arrived in the Dominican Republic, deugro’s transport engineers and the project management team from Houston conducted route surveys and feasibility studies. It turned out that the route required modifications, such as re-routing traffic, permanently raising high-voltage power lines, distribution and communication lines and taking down hundreds of illegal lines, as well as reinforcing a bridge along the way.
During this fact-finding mission, our team noticed that no suitable transport equipment was available in the Dominican Republic or in nearby countries. The decision was made to mobilize deugro’s own fleet of Goldhofer THP/SL axle lines, prime movers, installation equipment and accessory equipment.
deugro’s scope of work included international freight forwarding of equipment and materials from all origins, onshore delivery and installation of twenty-four 300-metric ton engines, generators and boilers, using our own jacking and sliding system and locally sourced hydraulic cranes.
In addition to our project teams in Houston and Bremen, deugro executed this project with an onshore team consisting of a Project Manager, Transport Engineer, Onshore Operations Manager and ten Equipment Operators.
As a result of various scheduling changes, multiple tasks had to be completed in parallel, and consequently, the job site was at times very crowded. During peak construction time, there were over 1,200 workers on site.
In light of the limited laydown area at the project site, deugro operated a 25,000-square meter marshalling yard just outside of the Port of Caucedo. All cargo, whether breakbulk or containerized, was immediately delivered to the marshalling yard following customs clearance, for subsequent delivery coordination to the project site.
This set-up gave us a huge advantage, both with regards to overall project management and control, as well as job site scheduling and deliveries. We operated a reach stacker under a long-term lease and a 15-ton forklift at the job site, in addition to a top loader and 10-ton forklift at the marshalling yard.
On a couple of occasions, we had to reschedule planned transport and installation work because some sites were inaccessible. These changes in plans had to be closely coordinated and agreed upon between the client’s site management and deugro’s project management team, in line with new vessel arrivals and the availability of deugro’s transport equipment and manpower at the Port of Caucedo.
deugro’s Transport Engineering Department (TED) did outstanding work with all of the method statements, lifting plans and project engineering for our installation work and transport supervision. The same was true of our onshore project team in the Dominican Republic and the offshore project management teams in Houston and Bremen.
Efficient and professional cooperation and communication were the keys to our success.
"The contracts had very short timelines for completion and commissioning, which, due to the sheer size of the power plants, put pressure on the scheduling and contractors/subcontractors from an engineering, procurement, transportation and construction viewpoint."