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An image of the extremely large high pressure low pressure Flash Column

Godrej Process Equipment here completed and shipped a 57-metre tall high pressure/low pressure flash column for a US fertiliser project, being constructed by Egypt’s Orascom, an official said.

An image of the extremely large high pressure low pressure Flash Column
An image of the extremely large high pressure low pressure Flash Column

The stainless steel clad flash column has carbon steel as a base material and stainless steel internals and is a significant addition to the long list of critical equipment being manufactured by Godrej that are operating in large process plants in the US, said GPE executive vice-president and business head, Allen B. Antao.
The project in US’ Iowa state is a joint effort of Italy’s Tecnimont, which is the engineering procurement construction contractor, Orascom, being the end-user to set up the plant and GPE responsible for the detailed engineering and manufacturing of the HP/LP flash column and secondary performer.
Displaying gigantic proportions, the $3 million column stood a snaky 57 metres in length, with a diameter of 5.5/6.6 metres at various points and weighs around 400 tonnes.
“It was loaded onto a special trailer truck which would transfer it onto a specially chartered heavy lift shipping vessel for its 35-day-long journey to the US,” said a company spokesperson.
The contract won against stiff international competition, it took GPE around 14 months to construct the flash column, which would reach the US in one piece.