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THE ALE NEWSLETTER • ISSUE 11

Welcome...

...to the November edition of the ALE newsletter, with

the latest news to keep you informed of our activities

around the world.

Following on from previous editions of ‘New Heights’, in this latest issue we

get to see the realisation of a number of the investments and innovations

that ALE continue to deliver. These investments and innovations have

enabled our clients to offer new services, reducing time and cost,

whilst achieving the highest quality and safety ratings.

ALE’s commitment to its employees, recognising that their dedication

and talent is the key driver to success, is highlighted with leadership

schemes, engineering and operational training, learnerships and

ALE’s various forums which are held throughout all disciplines.

These allow essential opportunities for a large cross-section

of ALE’s talent to help develop and realise not only their own

skills and ideas but, more critically, to ensure that ALE is

constantly adding value to our client’s long-term objectives.

Investment through innovation remains a key theme

for ALE. We continue to lead the way with many new

innovations constantly in the pipeline, aiming to shape

the market for the future with our clients’ needs at

the core.

As ALE lead the industry into the future, we are

well placed to see ALE’s ability to innovate and

to constantly be looking ahead of the market.

This is further supported by our strong,

effective and flexible regional presence and

talent, being the benchmark for the future.

Richard Peckover

Regional Director –

Middle East & Africa

WORLD’S LARGEST LAND

BASED CRANE PERFORMS

INAUGURAL LIFTS IN BRAZIL

ALE ARE FIRST TO ACHIEVE

COMBINED DNV GL

CERTIFICATION

STAR PERFORMANCE

FOR AL.SK190 IN

TURKEY

IN THIS ISSUE

ALE News

HSQE

Project Focus

Branch Focus

ALE People

Case Studies

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WORLDWIDE HEAVY TRANSPORTATION AND LIFTING

Company News

WORLD’S LARGEST LAND BASED CRANE

PERFORMS INAUGURAL LIFTS IN BRAZIL

The world’s largest capacity land based crane, the AL.SK350, has performed its

inaugural lifts in Brazil, using its 4,000t winch system and high speed slew.

ALE is currently using the AL.SK350 crane to lift and install approximately 40 modules,

weighing up to 3,000t, onto the P-74 FPSO (Floating Production, Storage and

Offloading) vessel in the south of Brazil.

The crane was selected by the client as, due to its large capacity, it was the only crane

capable of installing the modules complete and without additional relocation of the

ship’s hull. This has saved the client considerable construction time and money in the

construction schedule.

The heaviest module on the project will weigh 3,000t, making it the heaviest

commercial load ever lifted by a land based mobile crane.

Ronnie Adams, Senior Project Manager on site, commented: “The crane is performing

well and exceeding expectations with its high slew speed, in combination with the

4,000t winch system. Despite challenges due to the weather, we have successfully

completed the first campaign ahead of schedule, recognising the engineering

achievements this milestone brings.”

ALE’s AL.SK350 crane has been rigged in its current biggest configuration with 49m

ballast radius and 4,000t ballast. The main boom is a 130m long A-frame design on a

very stable 18m wide base. The crane is equipped with a 4,000t main winch system

and 600t auxiliary quick winch system. For heavier loads up to 5000t a strand jack

lifting system can be installed.

The AL.SK350 crane was launched in 2013 with a lifting capacity of 5,000t and a load

moment of 354,000tm. The AL.SK cranes are also available in AL.SK190 and AL.SK700

configurations, achieving capacities up to 4,300t and 8,000t respectively.

With its 354,000tm load moment capacity, it is the largest capacity crane in the market

by a significant margin and it’s huge lifting capabilities enables clients to construct

equipment for lifting weighing heavier than ever before.

WORLD RECORD JACK-UP: MALIKAI PROJECT WINS BEST INNOVATIVE

PROJECT AWARD

ALE has won the ‘Best Innovative Project/Concept’ award for

their performance during the Malikai Project in 2015.

Announced at the Dusit Thani Hotel Dubai on 29 May 2016,

the 7th ‘ShipTek International Maritime’ awards were attended

by 150 professionals from across different sectors. This was one of

18 categories honouring organisations and individuals for industrial

contributions and excellence.

ALE beat stiff competition from three other nominees in the

category to win the ‘Best Innovative Project’ award for jack-up,

skidding and load-out operations during the Malikai Project in

Johor Darul Takzim, Malaysia. During the project, ALE jacked-up the

Topside, weighing 13,600t, 40m high, before skidding the Topside a

distance of 90m whilst at this elevation – making these the world’s

highest jack-up and skidding operations performed on this scale.

ALE mated the Topside with the Hull, then loaded-out the TLP

(Tension Leg Platform).

Taco Vissers, Project Manager/Engineer, said: “We are delighted for

the project to have won this award. This is the first time an operation

like this has ever been attempted. It not only broke the world record

for the highest ever jack-up on this scale, but then to skid the

Topside 90m whilst in the air at 40m, is a major feat of engineering

and sets the bar for heavylifting capabilities across all sectors. All of

the team involved are proud of what has been achieved.”

Shiptek 2016 Awards Committee said: “The Mega Jack system

stood out amongst the entries received and the possibilities that the

system would pose in the industry impressed the judging panel.”

A video of this project can be viewed at:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J94-o3BIDFI

ALE DOUBLE WINNERS AT THE ESTA AWARDS

ALE has won two ESTA awards, one for ‘Cranes, Lattice Boom’ and another

for ‘Combined Techniques’.

Announced at the Hotel Bayerischer Hof on 14 April 2016, the annual ‘ESTA

Awards of Excellence’ were attended by all ESTA members, affiliated

companies, end users and manufacturers working in heavy haulage, transport

and the lifting industry.

ALE beat stiff competition to win the ‘Cranes, Lattice Boom’ award for the

multi-crane lift during the roll-up operations of the jacket frames for the Solan

Oilfield Development Project in Methil, UK. ALE also won the ‘Combined

Techniques’ award for the installation of Nacka Bridge in Sweden, using a

combination of strand jacks, SPMTs and barges to transport and install the

bridge over several phases.

This brings ALE’s total ESTA award count to ten and the total award count for

2016 to four, after ALE won the ‘Job of the Year (BE16)’ award, for the Highbury

transformer move in London, and the ‘Project of the Year’ award, for the

Western Link Project, at The Heavies in March 2016.

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Office News

SIEMENS AWARDS UK BRANCH

WITH £43M FOUR-YEAR CRANE

FRAMEWORK AGREEMENT

Siemens has awarded a four-year ‘Crane Framework Agreement’

to ALE for the supply and deployment of cranes, specialised

transport equipment and personnel.

The contract is for the period 2016-19, and has a value in

excess of £43m (55m Euros). It covers Siemens’ harbour-based

offshore wind sites in the UK and Germany, and fulfils the

requirements of Siemens’ offshore logistics concept, presented

in 2015.

The work involves onshore heavy lifting, transport and

pre-assembly for offshore wind operations. The contract is

effective from the beginning of June 2016. ALE equipment and

staff will be used in the handling and pre-assembly of imported

towers, nacelles and blades to be used on the Dudgeon offshore

wind park. Where possible, a Ro-Ro process is used, instead

of lifting. This method provides more safety and cost efficiency

when it comes to moving up-to-75-metre-long rotor blades, and

nacelles weighing around 360t.

Clark MacFarlane, Managing Director, Wind Power Division

at Siemens plc, said: “Given the high proportion of the work

covered by this contract that will take place in the UK, we

are delighted to be able to appoint a British supplier with an

international reputation in this field. This contract is a great step

for our development in Hull and the offshore industry in the UK

which is committed to growing the content of offshore wind

farms that is made in the UK.”

ALE has also signed a separate contract with Deugro for the

transportation scope. This involves the loading and unloading

of complete turbine assemblies (nacelles and tower

components) using SPMTs from Denmark to the various

assembly sites in Europe and the UK, including Hull, Sasnitz,

Great Yarmouth and Belfast.

The first offshore wind power plant to benefit from the

newly-constructed Hull harbour will be the Dudgeon project

off the Norfolk coast. The Dudgeon wind farm will comprise

67 of Siemens’ 6 MW offshore wind turbines; with an overall

capacity of 402 MW, Dudgeon will provide clean power to

more than 410,000 UK households.

ALE JACK-UP

TRIUMPHS WITH

ENERGY AWARD WIN

ALE has jointly won the

‘Best Energy Project’ award

for its collaboration when

undertaking jack-up and

roll-up operations in Suffolk,

UK, by the East of England Energy Group (EEEG) Awards 2016.

Along with the client and the designers of the suction buckets,

ALE won the award as part of the Dudgeon offshore wind farm

project in Lowestoft, Suffolk.

Richard Mason, Projects and Engineering Development Manager

for ALE, said: “This project really showcased how innovation is at

the forefront of our business, using one of a kind equipment as

well as creative engineering to solve a complex scope consisting

of multiple operations.”

ALE OPENS NEW BRANCH IN ITALY

ALE is pleased to announce the opening of a new branch in

Milan, Italy. This is the first branch the global heavylift and

transportation specialists have opened in the country.

This will be ALE’s eleventh branch in Europe and will help

expand business development worldwide.

ALE will be able to target clients working in traditional sectors,

such as power generation, ports, civil, nuclear, offshore,

renewables, oil, gas and petrochemical, and shipyards with

engineering, heavy transportation and lifting services.

Alberto Pittaluga, Managing Director of ALE’s Italy branch, said:

We have been operating in Europe for many years.

We wanted to set up a branch in Milan so we could focus on

assisting the Italian industry working

MILAN

across countries where ALE executes

heavy lifting and heavy transport

activities.

“We have appointed a dedicated team

ITALY

led by Paolo Arfani, who can utilise

our global network of specialised

experience and equipment to

maximise the business development

opportunities. This is an exciting

time for ALE and we look forward to

expanding our services to the Italian

industry internationally.”

ALE’S UK BRANCH LEAD THE

WAY WITH ISO 9001 AND 14001

CERTIFICATIONS

ALE’s UK branch has achieved ISO 9001:2015

and ISO 14001:2015 which certifies that we work to

and meets the requirements of the latest global environment and

quality standards, performing and operating best practice across

the UK businesses. This makes ALE one of the first UK businesses

to receive this certification since it was introduced in 2015.

Darren Adams, Director – UK, said: “As a company, we had

until 2018 to implement and get certified. By achieving this

within six months of the standards being released, this shows

that we are leaders in setting the standards for our people and

management systems.”

HSQE

ALE LEAD THE WAY AS FIRST TO ACHIEVE COMBINED

DNV GL CERTIFICATION

ALE are the first global heavylifting and transportation company to achieve

DNV GL certification for the scope of ISO 9001: 2015, ISO 14001:20015

and OHSAS 18001:2007.

ALE has recently invested in its safety and quality process, with the

introduction of new process systems such as Cofano and Synergi.

By investing in our assurance portfolio, ALE has aligned its implementation of

the ISO standards to the requirements of DNV GL.

Pierre De Villiers, Global HSQE Manager, said: “For ALE, the management of

health, safety, quality and environment is paramount; we take an integrated

and risk-based approached towards HSQE to ensure we meet and exceed our

stakeholders’ expectations.

We have recently invested in process-based and risk-based software which

aligns itself with DNV GL and their strict requirements. It is great to have broken

the seal as the first global company in the heavylifting industry to have achieved

this combined scope of certification; it gives confidence in our capabilities for

our clients and sets the bar for others in the industry.”

DNV GL, specialists in the oil and gas sector, maintain a safety critical focus

and operate risk-based auditing.

ALE ARE CROWNED INTERNATIONAL SAFETY

MANAGEMENT AWARD WINNERS

ALE is proud to announce that we have been awarded an

International Safety Management Award from the International

Safety Quality Environment Management Association (ISQEM)

a United Kingdom-based professional association.

This latest award is in recognition of ALE’s commitment to

keeping its workers and workplaces healthy and safe. ALE

provided their End Of Year report, an overview of the new

systems which have been introduced, along with statistics of

the reduction in incident rates and equipment damage costs in

order for the ISQEM to judge ALE as the business with the best

improvement of health and safety culture and performance over

the last 12 months.

ALE ENGINEER PRESENTED

WITH SMARTER SAFER

STRONGER AWARD

ALE’s Australia branch has awarded Stefano Tiani

with the Smarter, Safer, Stronger award.

Stefano, who has been working with ALE since

2012 as Senior Project Engineer firstly in the

Netherlands then Australia, is currently working

on the ongoing Ichthys Onshore LNG Project

in Darwin. Stefano was nominated by Paul Kelly,

Director – Australia, for his innovative design

of the rigging arrangement whilst lifting two

pre-assembled cryogenic tank platforms on

top of the LNG tanks, in addition to his

leadership onsite.

The Smarter, Safer, Stronger award is an internal

employee award scheme in Australia, that was

launched in February 2015 to recognise the

efforts of individuals

and teams, as well

as identify when

ALE employees

demonstrate any

of the company’s

core values and

go above and

beyond what

is requested for the

business and the

community.

SAFETY SHINES THROUGH AL.SK190 CRANE PROJECT

ALE, who are currently working on the STAR project in Turkey, has set up the

safety awards for the project. After Manuspong Maneejak won the first STAR

safety award in May, Foreman Adrian Costea is the next crew member to win the

STAR project safety award. Adrian Costea, who joined ALE seven years ago was

presented with the safety award by Marcos Lapaz Gomez, ALE’s Project Engineer.

The internal awards were set up by ALE and their working partners IZMIR VINC,

to congratulate and reward crew members working on the landmark project in

Izmir, Turkey. Adrian was awarded the certificate and safety accessories for his

complete safety awareness whilst operating the SPMTs on the project.

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The Chairman of ISQEM Wayne Harris congratulated ALE on its

success. “The International Safety Management Awards reflects

the importance of aiming for good standards of occupational

health and safety at work. ALE should rightly be proud of its

achievement. Congratulations.”

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Equipment News

ALE COMPLETES BUILD OF THE TROJAN TRUCKS

ALE has completed the build of the sixth and final Trojan truck in

May 2016.

The project was part of an ambitious programme initiated by ALE’s

UK branch to build six specialised heavy haulage ballast tractors

that could move heavier, larger loads whilst offering fuel efficiency

and reliability.

The six 8x8 trucks were built in-house in Hixon, Staffordshire, by a

team of 20 over three years.

Since the first Trojan moved a load on the UK road network in 2014,

it is estimated that the UK fleet has collectively moved in excess of

18,300t over UK heavy haulage routes to date.

Unveiled in October 2014, ALE’s Trojan 8870 trucks have gone from

strength to strength, receiving industry awards and recognition for

their innovation and capability.

NEW LIGHTWEIGHT SERVICE

CRANE IS IN PRODUCTION

ALE’s R&D department has commenced production of

the new Lightweight Service Crane. This exciting new

crane is fully designed out of light modular parts that can

be assembled by hand. Each part can fit in an elevator

or transported over an access walkway or stairs, making

it ideal for use on civil projects globally where space is

limited. The crane is expected to be available to the market

in November 2016.

Gary Butler, Operational Project Manager who oversaw the build

team, said: “The programme has been a real success; it has

enhanced the skill set of the in-house build team and given ALE an

innovative product that sets the bar for transportation and British

manufacturing. The team and I are really proud of the recognition

and it’s great to see the trucks so well received by the industry and

clients alike. We are really pleased with the trucks’ performance so

far and continue to make improvements and enhancements.”

One of the Trojan trucks is currently putting the truck’s parameter

adjustment technology to the test in Egypt’s 40°C heat, as it works

on a major power plant project involving the transportation of loads

in excess of 500t, whilst another will be working on a project

in Oman.

ALE PURCHASE NEW LR1750-2 WIDE

BOOM SYSTEM

ALE has enhanced its

cranes fleet with the latest

development from Liebherr,

the LR1750-2 crane. The

new wide boom system

has been purchased

specially to undertake the

handling scope for the

Siemens ‘Crane Framework

Agreement’ starting in the

UK in September 2016.

The wide boom system

provides a cost effective

solution and allows ALE to

minimise the need for larger

crawler cranes. With the

higher lifting capacities, the

crane will enable ALE to

handle heavier and longer

tower sections for the

project during the upending

and placement of tower

sections onto tower frames

in preparation for collection

by the offshore vessels.

ALE PROGRESS ON HEAVY DUTY JIB

FABRICATION

ALE are progressing with the

fabrication of the new heavy duty jib

that can fit onto both the AL.SK190

and AL.SK350 cranes. The new jib

will have lengths up to 100m and a

3,400t lifting capacity. The jib is a

modular design and can be assembled

in different configurations, as well as

fully containerised - which reduces

transport costs.

ALE started to build a heavy duty jib

in March and it has been designed

with the newest and strongest

available steel grades. In order to

weld this material to the highest

standard, fabricators and suppliers

will need specialist welding procedure

qualifications and welding procedure

specifications for every single weld,

as well as having to provide a fully

traceable material location plan and

a weld location plan.

All main components are being made

at European fabricators and are

currently in production. In addition, an

in-house engineering team, working

to R&D’s high control standards, will

update the control system to enhance

safety and make the operation of the

crane easier.

The build is expected to complete by

the end of the year.

ALE’s R&D team are working on

nearly fifty other projects, utilising the

experience and knowledge gained by

the fabrication of the AL.SK cranes

on the other projects. The variety of

these other projects range from newly

built equipment and maintenance

improvements to the improvement of

control systems of existing equipment.

ALE ENHANCE ITS MARINE SERVICES

ALE is expanding its marine services to provide full offshore barge transportation,

including brokering, chartering and hire, as well as full

turnkey marine operations.

As part of ALE’s commitment to offering a full turnkey service in the marine and

offshore sectors, barges will be provided from ALE’s own fleet as well

as in partnership with key suppliers.

The fleet includes different classes, such as 250’, 300’ and 400’ class barges as

well as ALE’s innovative Hydro Deck pontoon.

Darren Adams, ALE Director – UK, said: “By enhancing our overall marine

capabilities and offering a full barge package, it complements our core offering.

Teamed with our Marine Engineering division, we are proud to provide an

end-to-end service creating a holistic marine service to enable our clients to

execute their projects more efficiently.

By bringing this much needed service to the market, we can continue

to find the best solution for our clients to complete the job.”

The new barge fleet is an addition to ALE’s turnkey service, which includes services

from engineering and project management to the design of bespoke solutions

including ramps, grillages, sea-fastening, winches and ballast pumps.

ALE LAUNCH NEW FLEET OF

WIDENING TRAILERS IN THE UK

ALE has expanded its global fleet of trailers and

invested in the latest range of widening trailers that

can be widened to 4.3m whilst loaded, making these

the only trailers of their kind in the UK.

One of the main features is the lighter block ground

loading achieved with an axle beam that is 30% longer

and the axle spacing that is 10% greater than the

industry standard. As the trailers widen out to 4.3m

the weight is better spread and the load is distributed

more effectively. With an overall lighter block ground

loading, these trailers are more inclined to achieve

route clearance compared to other trailers.

As the shortest possible routes can be taken and

more routes available, more direct routes can be

used and less time will be spent on public roads,

meaning cost savings as well as reduced congestion

and disruption.

The trailers are expected to be recognised as a

more favourable solution for bridge owners and local

authorities as the wider distribution of axle weight

and gross load over the structure will result in less

stress on the bridge and bearings. By mitigating

these issues, it minimises wear and tear and ultimately

results in lower maintenance costs for bridge owners

and local authorities. As they can be widened whilst

loaded they will minimise street furniture removal.

This is because they can run at 3.6m wide and only

widen out when necessary.

“We wanted to update our existing fleet of trailers in

the UK and took the opportunity to capture additional

benefits. There was nothing on the market; we

approached Goldhofer with a technical solution for

a trailer that could be widened whilst loaded and

they created an innovative solution that matched our

requirements,” said Darren Adams, Director - UK.

“These new trailers can deliver on routes that others

simply cannot, with increased efficiency and speed to

get to site. These will prove a favourable alternative not

only for the authorities with reduced maintenance costs

and congestion on public roads, but for the clients as

well, as less time is spent on finding alternative routes,

meaning reduced engineering costs and less time

spent on structural assessments.

“These trailers improve our routing database and

offer a more time and cost effective solution overall

for everyone involved in road transportation.”

These new trailers will expand our current fleet

of widening trailers already based in Australia and

South Africa. ALE has purchased 50 axle lines of

these trailers for use on road transportation projects

across the UK.

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Project Focus

PROGRESSION WITH OIL SANDS PROJECT

IN CANADA

ALE’s joint venture in Canada has been

hard at work at an oil sands project in

northern Alberta, Canada.

In 2015, the company was awarded

an onsite heavy lift and haul scope

including the installation of over 300

modules, specifically within the utilities

and off-sites area of the project. The

personnel and equipment were initially

mobilised to the site in the autumn of 2015

and have since been busy transporting and

installing modules and tagged equipment.

There is a dedicated team working directly

at the site, including safety officers,

supervisors, operators, drivers, engineers,

administration, and project management.

The company are currently operating two

750t crawler cranes and one 500t crawler

crane, each fitted with wheeled superlift

carriers, as well as a 90t rough terrain

crane and 2 x 12 axle lines of hydraulic

platform trailer with prime movers.

In addition to the cranes and hydraulic

platform trailers, we have introduced

our own Modular Lifting System at the

project. The system is a piece of rigging

apparatus, designed by the engineering

department, which replaces the traditional

rigging assemblies commonly utilised on

projects in the region. The efficiency and

ease of use of the system has been proven

on site. It’s ability to self-adjust to match

the Centre of Gravity of each load without

dis-assembly, allows the project to reduce

time spent on each lift. This aspect of the

system is of great benefit to the project,

as the scope includes the placement of

over 300 modules. The modules weigh

up to as much as 175,000 kg each.

The full duration of the scope requires

the personnel and equipment to operate

in all seasons and weather conditions,

with temperatures between -40°c in the

winter months and up to 30°c in summer.

The spring of 2016 brought with it a

devastating forest fire, which forced the

temporary closure and evacuation of the

site. In support of emergency response

efforts, the site suspended construction

activity to support camp and flight logistics

for people displaced. The project has

since been ramped back up to planned

workforce levels.

Since returning to the site in June, the

personnel and equipment have been

working diligently to assist the client in

retaining the module installation schedule.

“This project has been an exceptional

display of our capacity to execute in a

safe, professional and effective manner,

whilst focusing on best-in-class service,

quality, management and innovation,”

said Jonathan Hayden, Tendering Manager.

STAR PERFORMANCE AS AL.SK190 CRANE DELIVERS PROJECT

EFFICIENCIES IN TURKEY

One of the world’s largest capacity land based cranes, the

AL.SK190, was contracted to perform over 10 super heavy lifts

in Turkey.

The primary milestone was achieved in June when the crane

performed its first lifts, handling and installing two critical

components delivered at the greenfield petrochemical site in Aliağ

a, Izmir province in Turkey. ALE used the mighty AL.SK190 crane

to upright a 600t vacuum tower and an 800t crude column, lifting

them over a 20m high pipe rack and placing them safely into their

final positions. The tallest item measured over 80m.

The final lifts involved the product fractionator, weighing 850t and

measuring 76m long, which was installed at 103m radius, as well

as the reactor lifts, with the heaviest project lift of 1,120t.

Project Manager Jose Angel Morquillas commented: “Our

innovative AL.SK190 crane is a unique event for Turkey. The

ALE-designed crane was the perfect match for the STAR Aegean

Refinery Project (ARP), as it enabled huge planning optimisations

with regards to civil works, piping and the installation of loadbearing

structures before the arrival of the critical components.

“In today’s competitive market, this type of equipment is mostly

being fabricated and shipped from overseas. The selected crane

configuration allowed the foundations, chimney, pipe racks,

substations and compressor buildings to be constructed well in

advance of the arrival and installation of the heavy equipment.

“In addition to the on-site preparatory works, the owners, project

developers and EPC-contractor were able to fine-tune and adapt the

initial logistics strategy and budget as a direct result of the AL.SK190

capabilities.”

ALE PROGRESS WITH SARB4 PROJECT IN UAE

ALE is operating on one of the largest offshore projects, SARB4,

which is currently under construction offshore in Abu Dhabi, UAE.

ALE are executing the weighing, land and marine transportation,

lifting and installation as well as the engineering, ballasting and sea

fastening for an offshore oil field project that is located about 140km

northwest of Abu Dhabi, UAE.

ALE’s UAE branch were awarded an 18-month turnkey project,

contracted to deliver numerous pipe rack, process modules and

substations, weighing between 170t –1,700t, from Mina Zayed

Port and various fabrication yards via the Arabian Gulf, to the

project site on Zirku Island.

During this project, ALE will be using a variety of different

techniques, from weighing, land and marine transportation,

to load-ins, load-outs and barge chartering and installations.

Furthermore, ALE will be utilising a variety of heavylift cranes

and transport equipment including ALE barges, SPMTs and

crawler cranes.

Shafic Tillawi, Project Manager for ALE, commented: “This is

one of the largest offshore projects in which ALE’s Middle East

region has been involved. By providing multiple trips offshore

for super heavy lifts, as well as a full package of services and

techniques, it demonstrates our overall capabilities. As we

approach the next stage, we are preparing to handle and load-out

larger and more challenging modules, with some modules as

heavy as 1,700t.”

Satah al-Razboot (SARB) offshore oil field is expected to add an

additional 100,000 barrels per day of oil to the overall oil production

capacity of UAE upon commissioning in 2016. The islands will serve

as bases for drilling the oilfield and eliminate the use of offshore

rigs. The project will involve drilling of 86 oil wells. Oil drilled from

the wells will be transferred via a subsea pipeline to a new facility

to be built on Zirku Island for processing, storage and export. The

processing facility at Zirku Island will have a capacity of 200,000

barrels of oil per day.

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ALE USE INNOVATIVE HYDRO DECK TO COMPLETE ICHTHYS PROJECT

ONSHORE LNG FACILITIES CONTRACT

ALE has completed its scope of work at the Ichthys Project

Onshore LNG Facilities in Darwin, Australia, using the Hydro

Deck for the first time.

ALE was contracted by JKC Australia Ltd to load-out 178

pre-fabricated modules from a range of heavy lift vessels.

The scope of work started in June 2014 and the modules were

loaded-out by the Hydro Deck’s Operations Team. By utilising the

Hydro Deck, a dynamically ballastable transition pontoon owned

and operated by AG&P ALE Ventures Pte. Limited, it could be

kept level with the Module Offloading Facility in order to safely

load-out modules.

One of the challenges the team faced was the daily tidal range

up to 8.3m. Depending on the berthing layout and water depths,

the Hydro Deck could otherwise provide 100% availability for

24 x 7 load-out operations. The Hydro Deck widened otherwise

tide-constrained module delivery windows for the Ichthys LNG

Project and provided cost-effective and timely module delivery

throughout its charter.

The modules varied in weight and size. The heaviest cargo the

project team transferred was 1,821t, for which 150 axle lines of

SPMT in a 10 file 30 configuration were involved. For the longest

module, measuring 73m, 92 axle lines of SPMT in a 4 file 46

configuration were used. The combined total weight of the

transferred modules was 41,612t.

Tomas Villarino, Lead Engineer for ALE, said: “The AG&P ALE

Ventures operations team of Superintendents, Ballast Engineers,

Ballast Operators, Engineers and Mechanical and Electrical

Technicians worked seamlessly together, withstanding harsh

weather conditions to deliver professional, timely and safe

operations without sustaining any Lost Time Injuries.

“We demonstrated the capability of carrying out the tasks and

working with client feedback, constantly improving every detail.

It was this spirit which maintained the quality and safety throughout

the operation.

“It was fantastic to be involved in this landmark project, with the

AG&P ALE scope spanning almost two years. In its inaugural charter,

the Hydro Deck was instrumental in delivering the modules safely

and in a time-effective way that no other piece of equipment

could’ve achieved.”

Mr. Albert Altura, President of AG&P who worked with ALE to

solve the challenge for the Ichthys LNG project with the Hydro Deck

said: “Being part of such a prestigious project was an enormous

opportunity for AG&P that will leave a lasting legacy. The Hydro

Deck is a game-changer for infrastructure delivery and exemplifies

innovative, customized module delivery.”

AG&P ALE Ventures as a subcontractor, as well as a number of

individual project team members, received recognition awards

from client JKC Australia LNG Pty for Incident and Injury-Free (IIF)

operations and safety, as well as ALE’s Smarter, Stronger, Safer

Award for promoting a safe work culture.

ALE COMMIT TO DELIVERING OVER 1,000 RAILCARS TO SAUDI ARABIA

ALE’s Saudi Arabia branch has secured a contract to transport 1,186

railcars, which would stretch to nearly 17km in length if all lined up.

This is expected to be one of the largest amount of rail components

ever to be transported in Saudi Arabia.

The railcars are being manufactured in Poland and shipped to Gdansk,

before their onward journey by ship to Dammam in Saudi Arabia.

From Dammam, ALE will receive and transport the railcars 215km

over two days to the Saudi Arabian Railways yard at Nariyah in the

Eastern Province of the country.

The railcars, measuring 14m long, 4.6m high, and 3m wide

and weighing up to 30t each, will arrive in shipments of 60 railcars

a time, over a period of 22 months.

Andrew Spink, General Manager for ALE’s branch in Saudi Arabia,

said; “As the infrastructure sector continues to develop in Saudi

Arabia, with the increase in construction of metros and railways,

ALE has made significant investments in equipment and expertise

to help meet the requirements of clients in the region. We are involved

with the transportation of heavy concrete segments on the Riyadh

metro, and recently we have transported several shipments of rail

cars and locomotives.

“We are delighted to have secured this contract; to be involved in

the movement of the largest amount of railcars the country has ever

received is an indicator of our increasing presence and capabilities in

Saudi Arabia’s growing civil infrastructure sector.”

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BRANCH FOCUS

Sectors: Power generation, civils, oil and gas, petrochemical, ports

and renewables.

Equipment on site:

• 150+ axles of conventional trailers

• SPMTs

• Multiple heavy duty low bed trailers (extendable)

• Heavy duty cranes up to 800t.

• Four-point lift systems, jacking sets.

Services: Heavy lift and heavy transport, project management,

route surveying and clearance, engineering and supervision.

JEDDAH

JUBAIL

SAUDI ARABIA

CASE STUDY

MFC Project, Saudi Arabia

Overview: ALE completed 161 installations at a chemical plant in the Eastern

province of Saudi Arabia.

Services Required: To complete the installations which were to the Mixed

Feeder Cracker (MFC), the team utilised the AL.SK190, the LR1800 - 800t

capacity – as a tailing crane, and the CC2800-1 600t capacity crane. The AL.SK

was used on the larger pieces up to 1,329t, where smaller loads ranging from

25t were installed by the CC2800-1.

SAUDI ARABIA

ALE have been operational in Saudi Arabia for over 15 years, supporting local partners on crane and transport projects in the power,

petrochemical and oil and gas sectors primarily. With the demand from our international client base for a focus on highly consistent quality

and safety standards, it has led ALE to establish a key presence in the market and two strategically located offices in Jeddah and Jubail.

General Manager, Andrew Spink, heads up the teams across the two offices. The main facility is located directly outside Jubail Industrial

port. With over 30,000 square meters of land for the storage of client equipment, alongside the new office on site, the facility is strategically

located as the port and the industrial area surrounding it is the key gateway for heavy loads coming into the local industrial area.

Focusing on the power, civils, petrochemical, offshore and oil and gas sectors, the branch has grown due to demand for a professional

service on many major projects in the Jubail and Eastern Province areas. These include Maaden at Ras Al Khair and Saudi Kayan, SADARA,

and SATORP in Jubail. In fact, ALE’s AL.SK190 crane performed its first lift in Jubail in 2009.

“The investment in the facility, with a new office in the same location as the yard, will lead to a more proactive and effective working

environment to support our clients” says Andrew Spink.

“In addition to oil and gas projects, we have branched out into civils and the rail sector, securing significant storage and transportation scopes

with Saudi Arabian Railways and the Riyadh Metro. In the future we will see the renewables sector opening up and a whole new set of

opportunities in this sector.”

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ALE HOLDS GLOBAL OPERATIONS FORUM

Earlier this year, ALE held a three-day summit with the

Operations Managers from all corners of the globe convening in

Breda, the Netherlands. In addition to bringing everyone together,

the agenda was determined by a variety of sources, including

client responses to the customer satisfaction survey distributed

prior to the event. The summit covered HSQE, in-house training

programmes, staff engagement, maintenance, purchasing and

the new developments in business systems.

David Purslow, General Manager - Global Operations, said:

“The forum was really successful. As ALE’s regional teams work

together to utilise the global network or personnel expertise and

equipment, this was the ideal platform for networking, sharing

best practice, maintaining and improving standards globally as

well as bringing greater consistency across our business.”

Following the forum, a number of working groups have been

established in order to drive through the changes that were

identified.

Mervin Cunningham – Regional Training Manager in South Africa.

SSOTS

ALE’s in-house Standard

Schemes of Training (SSOTs)

consists of 10 pragmatic,

vocational training schemes

covering ALE’s global fleet

of specialised equipment.

The compulsory training

scheme is classified into

‘Black’ and ‘Yellow’ belts,

similar to that of martial arts,

to give clear recognition of

the standards required.

Q: When did you join ALE?

A: I joined ALE’s Cape Town office four years

ago in 2012 as a Rigging Supervisor, before

working my way up within the company.

With 19 years of experience in the field, I

went on to be the Cranes and Lifting Operations

Manager and have recently been promoted

to Regional Training Manager for South Africa.

Q: Describe your role and what it involves?

A: As Regional Training Manager for South Africa, I’m

now in the role of overseeing all training, such as

internal training and SSOTs which includes; ALE’s

jacking and skidding equipment, gantries, trailers

and cranes. In addition, I oversee the external

training and mentoring for riggers to become Red

Seal qualified riggers. The day to day training works

hand in hand with the HR department as well as

the HSQE team, to ensure the best training is given

where needed in the region. This is so we can

perform at 100% for the needs of our clients.

Q: What is a typical day like?

A: I’m still actively involved in the same day to day

jobs as an ALE ‘black belt’, making sure that the

equipment falls in line with the SSOT internal

training. Therefore, it works hand in hand with

the new role as a Training Manager, where I

train, mentor and assess the up and coming ALE

employees for the future. ALE’s South Africa

branch has developed training for cranes as well as

the SSOTs, and the biggest part of my job is getting

ALE operators to the highest standards that we can

achieve together.

I spend a lot of time with the Engineering

Manager to find alternative solutions that will be

communicated to the rest of the teams to form

part of their training to calculate and read drawings.

Head of Operations and myself work hand in hand

to build possible brown and black belts in the South

Africa region.

Q: What is the focus within the region?

A: The regional aim is to promote ourselves at a

certain standard and we guarantee this with

our experience, by providing the best value for

our clients. We set our standards at the highest

level of professionalism. As a result, we plan

and identify what we need to achieve in our gap

analysis and build a level of experience through

our internal SSOTs, so our clients can feel

confident with the skills that we provide.

The key to our success is in the training of our

people; being at such a level makes our company

so unique and above the rest. We have top of the

range equipment and highly trained staff. This is

the ultimate winning combination.

Q: How has the branch changed since you have

worked here?

A: Having started with 40 members on our team,

ALE’s Cape Town branch has now grown to

become one of the largest leading companies in

the industry locally. With the introduction

of wind and renewable projects, the amount of

employees has increased to over 200, resulting in

increased focus on training.

Q: What do you enjoy most about working

for ALE?

A: The challenges that are faced on a day to day

basis are what I enjoy the most. ALE is on a

different level to most companies. We specialise

in innovation and challenge the conventional, in a

field where most companies do not. I’m proud to

be part of that; there are always new and different

training skills to learn and pass on.

CONTINUAL STAFF DEVELOPMENT: CANDIDATES

ENROL ON LEARNERSHIPS IN SOUTH AFRICA

In recent months, ALE has offered

six learnerships in the Cape Town

branch, South Africa. Learnerships

are part of a training scheme set up

by the South African Government to

give practical experience to those

entering specific fields of study and

are unable to gain the experience.

ALE has taken on six junior riggers

who will complete the practical part

of their learnerships with ALE. This

learnership is renewable annually

over a period of three years. During

the learnership, each candidate

is provided the opportunity to

gain practical experience and to

understand the business and learn

the essential skills pertaining to their

role in the business. They function

under the supervision of a senior

supervisor in their field who acts as

mentor and will complete log books

to keep track of progress.

Helene Griffin, HR Manager, said:

“As a company, we identified the

critical skills required and as we

have been looking to recruit Red

Seal Riggers, which can normally

take up to five years to qualify.

“They spend their time on different

project sites, learning key skills and

working through the ALE SSOT book.

Our Regional Training Manager,

Mervin Cunningham, will spend time

coaching them and assessing their

progress. Half of our learners are

female; as this is a field not usually

considered by women, it is great to

see how well they are performing

and the shift in the industry. Our

learners are currently working at the

Port in Coega, under the supervision

of a Red Seal Rigger and a Crane

Supervisor, and we will be sending

them to various sites until April 2017

to gain different experience.”

At the end of the learnership,

ALE hopes to be able to appoint

the best performers as permanent

employees.

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Case studies – Europe

Case studies –

Australasia and Asia Pacific

JACK-UP OF BRIDGE SECTIONS USING

THE MEGA JACK, BELGIUM

OVERVIEW: ALE has successfully

jacked-up three bridge sections

over the Albert Kanaal in Genk,

Belgium. This was the first time ALE’s

revolutionary Mega Jack system has

been used in Europe.

SERVICES REQUIRED: The first

phase of the project involved

jacking-up the bridge sections.

The main bridge, with a span of 180m

and weight of 4,500t, was jacked

up 2.9m using the Mega Jack. This

jacking system comprised of eight

jacks, each with 1,300t capacity,

thus creating a total lifting capacity

of 10,400t.

For both side bridges, a computerised

jacking system with a total of 2,000t

capacity and oversized steel beams

was used, which allowed for the

bridge to be jacked-up on all 14

bearing points simultaneously.

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One of the challenges ALE faced

was to utilise a computerised jacking

system with a jacking accuracy of

+/- 0.3mm and a read-out accuracy

of +/- 0.01mm. Furthermore, as the

bridge foundations were located close

to the quayside, a system was required

with a high jacking capacity and a small

footprint. By using the Mega Jack, ALE

could complete the jack-up quickly and

safely within the space available.

The bridge jack-up operations are part

of the Albert Kanaal Project, in which

over 50 bridges will eventually have

a free passing height of 9.1m and a

channel width of 86m.

ALE spent over two weeks preparing

for the operation and completed the

jack-up of the three bridge sections

in three days. It took three days to

jack-down and two weeks for the

demobilisation of equipment.

LIFTING, TRANSPORTATION, ROLL-UP AND JACK-UP

OF OFFSHORE WIND COMPONENTS, UK

OVERVIEW: As part of a major wind farm

project, ALE were given the scope of lifting

components, performing multiple site

moves, rolling-up and jacking-up the jacket,

and loading-out the jacket and topside at the

fabrication site in Lowestoft, Suffolk.

SERVICES REQUIRED: ALE has used its

award-winning Mega Jack 800 for the first

time in the UK to jack-up a 954t jacket to

14m high.

During the project ALE lifted hundreds of

components using cranes, telehandlers

and chainblocks. The site moves were also

performed using 16 axle lines of SPMT in a

configuration of 4 file 8.

One of the most critical scopes of the

project involved the roll-up and jack-up of

a jacket, weighing 954t. Prior to the roll-up

operation, four jacking towers were set-up

with the first layer of bracing, which saved

several days of set-up/ installation time. The

roll-up was carried out using ALE’s AK912

and the LR1600-2 cranes.

The jack-up operation took place one day

after the roll-up and utilised ALE’s Mega

Jack 800 jacking system. This is the first

time the Mega Jack 800 has been used in

the UK.

To perform the jack-up, suction buckets

were positioned under each of the jacket

legs and SPMT trailers were used to

manoeuvre them into place. The Mega

Jack 800 held the jacket in place whilst the

suction buckets were welded to the jacket

by the client’s operatives.

The success of the project depended upon

the high level engineering and design works

carried out by SLP and ALE and close

collaborative working with STDL to get

the jacket ready for planned sail away on

schedule.

The operations are part of the construction

of an offshore facility, comprising of

a topside and jacket structure, for the

Dudgeon offshore wind farm. The wind

farm will be located 20 miles off the coast

of Cromer in North Norfolk and, when

operational, will have the capacity to power

approximately 410,000 homes in the UK.

This project won ALE, the client and the

suction bucket designers, the ‘Best Energy

Project’ award at the East of England Energy

Awards 2016.

LOAD-OUT OF THE 27,500T MALIKAI TLP, MALAYSIA

OVERVIEW: ALE has loaded-out the

Malikai Tension Leg Platform (TLP),

weighing 27,500t, at Malaysia Marine

and Heavy Engineering (MMHE)

West in Johor Darul Takzim, Malaysia.

This marks another major milestone

for the Malikai Project.

SERVICES REQUIRED: ALE completed

all of the engineering design for the strand

jack supports, deadman anchors and

HPU platforms.

On the day prior to the load-out, the TLP

was pulled to the quay edge. The distance

of the shore pull was approximately 75m

and took 7 hours to complete.

The TLP was loaded-out out using eight

strand jacks, with 900t capacity each.

Each strand jack was fitted with 39

strand wires, giving a total pulling

capacity of 5,928t.

During the load-out, ALE faced the

challenge of ensuring stability of the vessel

during load transfer as the TLP was loaded

on the vessel in the side-on position. Quay

jacks were used to monitor the vessel

behaviour during the load out and that it

was within the acceptable limits throughout.

As always, close coordination of ballasting

and pulling operations was crucial.

LIFT AND INSTALLATION OF CRYOGENIC TANK PLATFORMS, AUSTRALIA

OVERVIEW: ALE has successfully transported, lifted and installed

two pre-assembled (cryogenic tank) platforms on top of the LNG

tanks. This was part of the Ichthys Project Onshore LNG Facilities in

Darwin, Australia.

SERVICES REQUIRED: The LNG main platforms comprised of two

modules, weighing approximately 280t each and measuring 40m

long, 30m wide, 15m high. The total lifting load, including the rigging

arrangement and hook, was approximately 355t each.

Because of the dimensions, irregular shape and reduced ground

clearance of the platforms, ALE engineered detailed turning

simulations to study the complex manoeuvring and to determine the

necessary earthworks to be performed prior to the transport.

The platforms were assembled by the client on top of a steel transport

frame on site. At the end of the assembling and weighing phase, ALE

moved the modules to the lift area using 58 axle lines of SPMTs.

The load-out was undertaken the

following day by skidding the TLP 75m

onto the ‘White Marlin’ vessel. As well

as the pulling operation for the load-out,

ALE operated their barge level monitoring

system. This enabled ALE and the client

to constantly monitor the vessel trim, heal

and deck shape in real time throughout

the load-out. The system also provided

ALE with details of the distance pulled

onto the vessel and the total distance left

to completion.

The load-out took 12 hours to complete.

The White Marlin has since taken the

TLP to an area off the coast of Singapore,

where the float-off operation was

completed, the TLP towed back and

moored against the quay for final testing

and commissioning. Once completed, the

TLP will be towed to its operating offshore

site, 100km from Sabah, Malaysia.

ALE had previously performed the world’s

highest jack-up and skidding operations

when they jacked-up the Malikai Topside

40m high, before skidding the Topside a

distance of 90m whilst at this elevation

as part of the Malikai EPC TLP. This

load-out operation marks ALE’s final

scope for the project.

The lift operation was particularly complex and presented challenges

because of the rigging arrangement and the irregular and asymmetric

dimensions which required 23 lifting points each. The final

arrangement was an assembly of over 250 pieces of lifting equipment:

spreader beams with capacities from 80t to 600t and custom

length modular lifting beams with capacities up to 270t which were

specifically designed and fabricated by ALE Engineering; shackles with

capacities from 50t to 400t; cable laid grommets with capacities up to

400t and custom lengths; high performance synthetic slings (HMPE)

with capacities from 30t to 100t and custom lengths; lifting load

cells of 55t and 120t capacity; heavy duty turnbuckles of 30t and 55t

capacities and seven different types of connecting link plates of up to

120t, specifically designed and fabricated by ALE Engineering.

When considering the statically indeterminate nature of the lift

(23 lifting points) and the structural design of the platform (unable

to withstand overloads due to fabrication tolerances of slings), the load

transfer from the support frame to the crane hook was carried out with

an iterative procedure. This meant that ALE read the load of the load

cells at each step and (if necessary) adjusted the turnbuckles,

in agreement with the client and the platform designer.

A tri-dimensional clash detection analysis was performed, due to the

restricted clearances between the module and existing structure, the

module and the crane boom (up to 400mm), and the crane super-lift

and other items.

A LR11350 crawler crane

was used to perform the first

lift, taking approximately three

hours, including the removal

of the transport frame. The

second lift was performed

10 days later whilst the site

team dismantled the rigging

arrangement, reconfigured

the crane pad and erected the

rigging arrangement and the

movement with the SPMTs

under the hook.

This job won the Lift of the

Year award by the Crane

Industry Council of Australia

(CICA).

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Case studies – Americas

Case studies –

Africa, Caspian and Middle East

RECEIVING AND STORAGE OF 12 PIPE RACK

MODULES, VENEZUELA

OVERVIEW: ALE has successfully performed the receiving and storage of 12 pipe rack

modules, weighing a total of 1,312.2t, for the Deep Conversion Project.

SERVICES REQUIRED: The 12 modules ranged in weight and size, with some as heavy

as 161.8t and measuring up to 32.1m long, 11.5m wide and 11m high.

The modules were received from the vessel at the Port of Guanta, where they were

prepared for onward transportation to the refinery.

Two transport configurations were utilised, consisting of 32 axle lines of SPMT in a 4 file

16 configuration and 40 axle lines of SPMT in a 4 file 20 configuration with two spacer beds.

Overall, ALE has to date received 44 pipe rack modules out of the 96 for the Deep

Conversion Project.

GANTRY CRANE ROTATION, BRAZIL

OVERVIEW: ALE has successfully loaded, rotated and unloaded

a 2,810t gantry crane from its temporary position, onto its final

track location at a shipyard in Espírito Santo, Brazil.

SERVICES REQUIRED: ALE was hired to uplift a gantry crane,

weighing 2,810t, from a temporary position, rotate and unload

it onto its final track location.

The gantry crane measured 150m wide and 95m high and was

shipped fully assembled from Asia. The ship transporting it could

only be moored 90 degrees to the quay. Therefore, once the

gantry was unloaded, ALE needed to rotate it, so the gantry

crane could move on its rails, alongside the quay.

To execute this very delicate operation, ALE utilised 132 axle

lines of SPMT with eight PPUs to perform the manoeuvres.

During the moves, ALE faced a number of challenges. One of

these was the fact that one of the gantry legs had a hinge on the

top. This meant that any misalignment during the rotation (in any of

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the two directions) could have caused an opening of the leg

and potential damage to the structure or even the collapse

of it. The limits were set at 500mm for the leg opening and

only 300mm for the longitudinal misalignment between the legs.

To reach this delicate tolerance, SPMTs were synchronised and

laser systems were installed to monitor the distance in between

the legs. A topography was also used for this same purpose.

Due to the very heavy loads imposed on the gantry crane

structure, all of the support points between the gantry and

ALE´s equipment needed to be aligned with the crane

manufacturer’s guidelines. For this, ALE made two visits with

the client to the manufacturer in China, so the safest transport

configuration was chosen.

The whole operation, including the jacking-up, rotation and jacking

down, took four hours to complete. The crane will be used on the

yard to handle ship blocks.

TRANSPORTATION AND INSTALLATION OF HEAVY CARGO TO TWO COMBINED-CYCLE

POWER PLANTS, EGYPT

OVERVIEW: ALE has been awarded the transportation and

installation scope for the largest combined cycle project in

the world.

ALE has successfully completed the first stage, involving the

transportation and installation of heavy mechanical equipment to

the newly constructed gas combined-cycle power plants in Beni

Suef and New Capital, Egypt.

SERVICES REQUIRED: In the short period of 10 weeks, ALE has

transported six gas turbines, six generators and two transformers

to the power plant in Beni Suef, installing all of the turbines and

generators. Simultaneously, ALE has transported one transformer,

two generators and two turbines to New Capital, also installing all of

the turbines and generators.

Because of the challenging slopes and roads ALE faced during the

route, it needed up to three prime movers to carry the

heaviest gas turbines.

WEIGHING, TRANSPORTATION AND LOAD-OUT OF TWO JACKETS, QATAR

OVERVIEW: ALE has successfully completed the weighing, transportation and load-out of two jackets in Ras Laffan, Qatar.

SERVICES REQUIRED:

Both jackets were weighed using

eight 600t weightors. The jackets

weighed 2,628t and 2,581t and

measured 57.04m long x 35m

wide x 36.80m high, making these

jackets the largest and heaviest

jacket to ever be fabricated in Qatar.

ALE transported the jackets

from the fabrication yard to the

quayside. ALE used 144 axle lines

of Gen 3 SPMTs in a 6 x 2 file 24

configuration.

In consideration of the site

restrictions and the limitations set

by the semi-submersible barge, a

side load-out was performed on

the barge to enable the jacket to

float-off once offshore.

The load-out operation was fully

controlled by a self-ballasting

system of the semi-submersible

barge. Each load-out operation

took approximately three hours

to complete.

ALE’s award-winning Trojan truck and an MAN truck are being used

on the project, reducing the amount of prime movers,

from three to two.

The gas turbines and generators were installed using skidding

gantries and were moved inside the plant using

24 axle lines of SPMT in a 4 file 12 configuration.

This is part of a bigger contract, where each power plant will have

the power of 4,800 MW, separated in eight gas blocks

and four steam blocks. The total heavy cargo ALE has been

contracted to deliver comprises of: 16 gas turbines weighing

486t and the corresponding generators, eight steam generators,

transformers and more than 380 boiler modules.

The cargo was first delivered to Beni Suef power plant and then to

New Capital power plant two months later. So far,

ALE has not only fulfilled the intended plan but has also managed

to shorten the transportation time of this project.

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