Stringing - Laying out the pipes
Over many weeks, a fleet of trucks carried pipe sections into a newly built yard at Celcon's from Chatham Dockyard where they have been shipped from Europe. You can see from the picture that this area has had temporary tarmac roads laid, and that the pipes are stacked on sand to prevent damage.
Here a 360 with a vacuum clamp loads the pipe
Carl leaves the yard with another load of pipes
Lifted carefully with another vacuum clamp....
Waiting patiently for the next load of pipes.
Pipes strung and bent at Boot Wood
Sidebooms bringing pipe to the bender. Some of the pipes have 1 or 2 degree bends to allow the whole pipe to follow the contour of the ground. Sharper bends are factory made and welded in.
A crane, using more conventional slings
A truckload of pipes arrives on site
and lowered onto the waiting bearers
These 8 wheel drive, 8 wheel steer Terbergs are used to move the pipes on site when the weather is bad Click on the pic to see Seamus Tynan's YouTube clip of one of these beasts travelling
Rear view of Terberg: compare the height of the driver to the wheel.
The pipe bender in action