ESAB CONSUMABLES SPECIFIED FOR THE QUEENSFERRY CROSSING

THE WORLD’S LONGEST THREE-TOWER CABLE-STAYED BRIDGE

ESAB, a world leader in welding and cutting technologies, has been awarded the contract to supply welding consumables for constructing the Queensferry Crossing, which is a new road bridge… to take most of the traffic from the existing road bridge over the Firth of Forth connecting Edinburgh with Fife.

The new bridge is the world’s longest three-tower cable-stayed bridge, and the overall scheme encompassing the bridge and connecting road network is Scotland’s biggest transport infrastructure project in a generation – estimated to cost between £1.35 billion and £1.4 billion.

30,000 tonnes of steel will be required to construct the 1.7 mile bridge. A composite steel tub/concrete deck superstructure will carry two lanes of traffic plus a hard shoulder in each direction, and this will be supported by steel cables attached to three slender concrete towers up to 210m high. The design/build contractor is Forth Crossing Bridge Constructors (FCBC), a consortium of Hochtief Construction, American Bridge International, Dragados and Morrison Construction. ESAB has been contracted by this consortium to supply the welding consumables for the Queensferry Crossing.

Currently ESAB’s experts are working in conjunction with the consortium’s welding engineers to finalise the selection of the consumables and optimise the welding procedures. Given the complexity of the project, it may be necessary to use as many as seven welding consumables in order to achieve the optimum combination of joint characteristics, weld quality and productivity across all the different welded joints. ESAB will then ensure the consumables are delivered to the right place, at the right time and in the necessary quantities throughout the construction phase of the project to help ensure the bridge is completed in 2016 as promised by the FCBC consortium.

More information about welding consumables is available from ESAB on 0800 3893152 or e-mail info@esab.co.uk.

FOR MORE INFORMATION / READER INQUIRIES, CONTACT:

Simon Marks

ESAB Group (UK) Ltd.

Tel: 0800 389 3152

e-mail: info@esab.co.uk

website: www.esab.co.uk

PR 37129

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