Final function tests before delivery: the Nicolas MHD G2 SPE with coupled PowerPack.
A tropical climate, average temperatures around 86°F, salty air: for the MHD G2 SPE with its 20 driven axle lines and complete with an electronic multi-mode steering system, which is currently being delivered to Addax Petroleum in Nigeria, it also has to combat the toughest operating conditions. With a zinc dust primer as a basis and coated with polyurethane, and painted using environmentally compatible so-called high-solid top coat in the customer’s company color, the vehicles are suitably equipped to resist the adverse weather conditions. With up to 50.7 tons (46 t) axle load and the ability to also accommodate extremely concentrated loads, the modular vehicle is predestined for use in the demanding day-to-day operations in the oil and gas industry, according to the company.
Addax Petroleum will be using the newly-acquired vehicles mainly for loading offshore components onto floating production storage and offloading units (FPSOs), which are utilized in offshore activities for the extraction, storage and loading of crude oil and natural gas by means of one or more drilling platforms. Addax Petroleum is part of the Sinopec Group, the largest oil refining group of companies in Asia, and operates production facilities in Africa, Middle East and the North Sea.
“We were able to deliver at very short notice, the vehicle precisely fulfilled all payload requirements and the customer was well convinced by the excellent quality of workmanship. The latest changes in the production process guarantee even higher reliability of our vehicles,” said Pierre Berret, area manager sales of Nicolas.
The bogie of the new Nicolas MHD G2 generation — available with mechanical or electronic multi-mode steering — has been specially designed to carry extremely concentrated loads. For road transportation, the MHD G2 can be used as a trailer or semi-trailer combination as well as coupled side-by-side as a 3 or 4-file combination. Due to the Nicolas steering philosophy, the MHD G2 has the lowest driving height on the market when loaded, according to the company.
For more information, visit www.nicolas.fr.