Imagine for a moment moving contents that are about 5,000 times bigger and moving them 5,000 times further.
Corus Northern Engineering Services are currently undertaking two such projects.
During 2003 two former Corus mills were bought by Sigma, an American Chinese holding company who, in turn, have sold them to Chinese steel producer Liu Zhou for installation in China.
The mills concerned were Lackenby Coil Plate Mill and Shotton Cold Mill and Pickle Lines.
Following negotiations, the contract for the dismantling of the mills was awarded to the CNES commercial team, led by business manager Chris Young and proposals manager Dave Gallagher.
Once the contracts had been exchanged, the CNES project management team set about the task of removing 18,000 tonnes of machinery from Lackenby and 6,500 tonnes of equipment from Shotton, near Chester.
A number of Chinese engineers and representatives are currently on site at both locations, including some from the construction company which will install the mill in China.
Work started at Lackenby in December and at Shotton last month. Both projects will take six months to complete.
Corus Shipping is handling the logistics and the first ship, MV Hamburg, left Teesport with 3,000 tonnes of equipment aboard in early February, reaching Fangcheng this month.
The plan is to export most of the equipment from both sites through Teesport, though very large components from Shotton will be sent from Liverpool.
At the other end of the spectrum, CNES have just started work to remove a dry grinding machine and dust collection equipment, weighing about 20 tonnes, from a large roll-making foundry in Crewe to a new home in Sweden.
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|Publication:||Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)|
|Date:||Mar 24, 2004|
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