Western Route Export Pipeline Sectional Replacement Project
Construction of steep section of a pipeline near Tbilisi the capital of Georgia.
For the construction of the 829 km long Western Route Export Pipeline Sectional Replacement Project (WREP-SRP), which runs from the Caspian Sea via Azerbaijan and Georgia to Turkey, a LCS cable crane system was used to construct a steep section near Tbilisi.
LCS was responsible for the civil engineering, the logistics and, after some time, the welding works in order to complete the project as efficient as possible. For the construction of the section, three systems were installed several times and dismantled after finishing the works at a section.
LCS faced various challenges. Especially, the freezing temperatures, the strong wind and snowfall during the winter months were demanding for the workers. The small ROW (max. 16 m) and some sections with an inclination of up to 47°, as well as the high environmental requirements of the customer were no problem for LCS. Safety was a top priority, as the route of the pipeline crossed many high voltage power lines and roads. Furthermore, the proximity to existing pipelines posed a risk for LCS as they could not be damaged under any circumstances.