ALE

2 Parker Court
Staffordshire Technology Park
Staffordshire,  ST18 0PE

United Kingdom
http://www.ale-heavylift.com/
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ALE delivers a highly tailored service on every aspect of the handling, transportation and installation of heavy loads, including lifting, transporting, skidding, ballasting, jacking and weighing, in a range of sectors, including civil, oil and gas, petrochemical, power generation, nuclear, renewables and offshore.


 Press Releases

  • ALE has performed one of North America’s heaviest crane lifts using a land based heavylift crane, lifting the 3179.5 US t (2,884.4 metric tonnes) MRU module, for an oil and gas project in Texas, USA.

    The unrivalled 354,000te/m load moment and long outreach of the world’s largest capacity land based crane, the AL.SK350, enabled the global heavylifting specialists to lift the second of three modules on top of the offshore topside.

    The three modules, weighing a combined total up to 6,614t (7,290 US t with block and tackle included), are being lifted using ALE’s unique AL.SK350 crane for the project in Ingleside. As the crane can lift from one position, this is the ideal solution for working in the congested site and significant time is saved by not needing to relocate the crane for every lift, as would have been the case with other ring cranes.

    The AL.SK350 has been rigged with a 124m (406ft) main boom, and 49m (160ft) ballast radius, along with a heavy winch system and 4,000t (4,409 US t) ballast.

    The second lift, involving the MRU module, took place in January and weighed a combined total of 2,884.4t (3179.5 US t with block and tackle included). For this, the installation outreach ranged from 31.4m to 29.9m (103ft to 98ft).

    “The second successful lift proves the tried-and-tested capabilities of the AL.SK350 crane and its unique ability to lift this weight at such a long outreach within a congested site. The team and myself are very proud to be involved in such a landmark project and be the first to achieve such a heavy lift using this type of crane in the USA,” explained Ronnie Adams – Senior Project Manager.

    In order to avoid delays to the overall offshore topside, these lifts will act as a trial to ensure they fit and the topside is pre-commissioned when installed with a new heavylift vessel off the coast of Israel. 

    The final of the three modules is expected to be lifted in February, with the removal of the three modules in the second quarter of 2019.

  • ALE’s in-house engineering team has used its expertise to save site costs and devise a lifting design that optimized the site during multiple crane lifts throughout January in Mexico.

    The global heavylifting leaders were contracted to lift modules, ranging from roof panels to plant modules, as part of a bigger construction project for a new steel mill plant in Silao located within the northern state of Guanajuato.

    The scope involved lifting several items, weighing up to 300t each (330 US tons), using an LR11350 crawler crane with P boom. By using this configuration and small footprint, ALE was able to minimize congestion on site and enable construction work to continue. As the client to continue other work without crane pad interfering, overall project costs and build schedules were optimized.

    “Because of the close working relationship we have established with our client and the proven track record in operations such as these, they had the confidence in our abilities to successfully complete this multi-lift project,” explained Rodney Parker, Vice President of Sales for ALE.

    “Not only have we achieved this safely, but we were able to design a solution that minimized impact to the overall construction schedule and saved valuable time and costs.”

    Once complete, the site will become a new steel mill which will be used to supply to all the car plants in the surrounding areas. 

  • As part of their expansion in the USA, ALE has set up a permanent branch by moving offices to the Houston, I-10 Energy Corridor, and expanded their US operational capability by recruiting additional experienced personnel and investing in the latest heavy lifting and transport equipment.

    The investment of a permanent branch in the I-10 Energy Corridor of the city is to better serve US clients. They are also mobilizing a vast array of equipment, such as specialist transporters and a fleet of cranes, including the largest land based crane currently installing modules in South Texas, while still having access to the unique innovations of the ALE Group.

    ALE has expanded their US operational capability by complimenting their existing team with new engineers, offshore specialists, a strong sales force with 100 years of combined experience in the industry and personnel focused on national operations. The new team members bring a wealth of knowledge from the USA’s heavylifting industry, where they have established reputations across a broad range of sectors.

    “Over the years we have established a reputation for safe and innovative heavylifting. We can now offer a dedicated USA branch, fully focused to the local needs of the market. Unlike our competitors, we are not just an asset provider, but bring an engineering and solutions-driven approach to our clients and their projects,” explained Richard Peckover, Regional Director.

    “As the team is securing more medium and large profile jobs, and providing solutions across the Gulf Coast, Texas and Louisiana, there are huge growth potentials and we expect further expansion nationwide. By expanding our presence in the country and solidifying it for the long-term duration, it demonstrates our commitment to our clients in the USA and North American region.”

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