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GELA REFINERY: demolition of torch, chimney, drills and boiler plants

The Gela Refinery (or RaGe) is an industrial complex for refining, processing and storage of hydrocarbons, established in 1963.

At the time of its construction, it was considered one of the largest plants in Europe; since 2014, the conversion process from a traditional refinery to a biorefinery has been underway.

Fratelli Omini has been operating on the site for several decades, collaborating in the demolition and decommissioning of the main plants. The historicity of our presence within the refinery has allowed us to develop specific know-how and several consolidated collaborations with local partners.


Demolition of Coking Drills 1 and 2

Some numbers of the project:

  • Steelwork plant located in the heart of the refinery’s active facilities
  • Height 85 meters
  • Lead time: approx. 2 months

Dismantling at height, carried out with 2 crane trucks:

  • N° 1 – 750 tonne crane truck with 130-metre boom used for lifting the plant portions
  • N° 1 – 250 tonne crane truck used for lifting persons
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Chimney Decommissioning

Main features:

  • Concrete chimney and internal refractories
  • Height m. 145
  • Diameter at base m.13
  • Approx. 4000 t of concrete
  • Approx. 1200 t. of refractory

Main activities:

  • Removal of internal refractories with radio-controlled mini excavator
  • Demolition of the external barrel using a PLAC self-demolishing platform
  • Lead time: approx. 8 months
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Demolition of Torch D-D1

Metal frame structure located in the state-owned area of the Gela Refinery and subject to landscape restrictions.

  • Height: 150 m
  • Lead time: approx. 3 months

Dismantling at height performed with 2 crane trucks:

  • No. 1 – 650 tonne crane truck with 168 meters lattice boom used for lifting portions of the plant
    No. 1 – 750 tonne telescopic crane truck with 168 meters boom used for lifting persons