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Recently, Chevron Phillips held a second groundbreaking for its two intended petrochemicals facilities in the U.S. Gulf Coast area. An article by ENP Newswire reports that both facilities will require large engineering and construction over the course of the next couple of years, including the laying of 45 miles of railroad track.

The 500,000 metric tons of polyethelyene produced by the two facilities will be used by the food and merchandising industries for packaging products, as well as the oil and gas industry for plastic piping. The project intends to create 400 on-site jobs and will employee another 10,000 during the construction phase.


Construction Large-Scale Projects

In order to successfully construct the facilities and install the machinery for large-scale projects like these, industrial rigging is needed. A blog on industrial rigging in California explains that harnesses, pulleys and slings are all used in construction and even in maintaining large machinery. For the largest moving tasks, cranes are used.

In the U.S. Gulf Coast, with high demand from the oil and gas industry to transport and place large parts and machines, hydraulic jacking systems are one of the most effective was to move high tonnage equipment. Especially effective in tight areas or areas with accessibility, H. Brown’s cranes have virtually no weight limits and can handle up to a whopping one million pounds.


Hydraulic Jacking Basics

Initially used in simple hand jacks and floor jacks, now commonly used in the automotive industry, hydraulic jacking works on a simple pressure system.

As an article on explains, “if two cylinders (a large and a small one) are connected and force is applied to one cylinder, equal pressure is generated in both cylinders. However, because one cylinder has a larger area, the force the larger cylinder produces will be higher, although the pressure in the two cylinders will remain the same.” explains the physics further. The concept, called Pascal’s Principle, is that “an enclosed fluid under pressure exerts that pressure throughout its volume and against any surface containing it” and can therefore generate large amounts of force from a small application of force.

Using these basic principles of physics, modern hydraulic jacks utilize a system of plungers and oil. These systems can create enough suction to power heavy lifting in cranes that can handle up to one million pounds.


Hydraulic Gantries and Cranes

For industrial rigging projects which require heavy lifting, H. Brown uses Lift-N-Lock Hydraulic Gantries that can move up to 900 tons. These gantry cranes are capable of hoisting heavy payloads vertically, moving on tracks, and even moving on rubber tires. Used in tight spaces or in situations where straddling water or other obstacles are present, these gantries can place equipment properly on site or onto vehicles for transport.

At H. Brown Cranes, our industrial rigging specialists receive constant training in safety, substation awareness, traffic control, and best practices for hydraulic jacking processes. Our expertise and experience in industrial rigging is helping to build up the Gulf Coast area and keep the industry moving forward, whether it’s 1,000 pounds or 1,000,000. Visit us at to learn more.

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