Geldof has announced that eight of twelve tanks constructed at the Oikos site in the UK has passed a hydrotest “with flying colours”.
At the beginning of last year, Geldof was entrusted with a project 50 km east of London. The scope consisted of the construction and painting works of 12 storage tanks, each one of them with a volume of ca. 7,000 cbm.
Some preparations were done in its workshop at Harelbeke, but the erection of the storage tanks itself happens on site in Canvey Island, whereby the remarkable ‘Jacking Method’ is used to limit works in height.
“This means we start, as usual, with the bottom, but instead of continuing with the lowest shell ring, we first place supporting ‘chairs’ on the bottom, followed by the fourth and fifth shell rings (being the upper ones) and the roof,” explained Geldof. “Once those are finished, they are lifted as one using our ‘jacks’ to ‘underfill’ with the third shell ring. The same process is then repeated for the second and first ring.”
Currently, 10 of the 12 storage tanks have been completely jacked, of which eight already have been tested successfully. “We are hoping for some fortunate weather to continue this project, nonetheless we are very positive that with the hard work everyone already delivered and will continue doing so, this project will be a great success and a beautiful example of our capability and skilled expertise,” said the company.
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