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Innovative crane achieves record-breaking lifts of FPSO modules in Nigeria


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Using its unique and innovative AL.SK350 crane, ALE has been able to break another world record to lift modules as heavy as 3,000t during its contract lifting and installing six FPSO modules for Total’s Egina FPSO module integration project in Nigeria.

For Total’s Egina project, ALE was contracted to lift and install six modules from the yard onto their final position on the FPSO. The lift weights were between 335t and almost 3,000t. An engineering feat like this was only achievable by using the AL.SK350 crane, the world’s largest capacity land based crane.

For the 3,000t lift, it was rigged in its biggest configuration with a124m a-frame main boom, 49m ballast radius and a newly developed 38m heavy duty jib for additional outreach, along with a heavy winch system and 4,000t ballast.

The jib, with a patented design, was used for the first time on this project. It boosted the overall lifting capacity and extended the outreach so the crane could be strategically positioned to lift from one location. As the yard has restricted space, this configuration was the ideal solution and reduced the overall project schedule.

The crane has also provided significant time and cost savings to the client as it has allowed them to build less, yet bigger modules locally.

“The project really showcases the capabilities of the AL.SK350 and the jib to perform some of the world’s heaviest ever crane lifts in a congested site. When combined with the unique heavy duty jib and the largest crane configuration, this represents another record-breaking achievement for ALE,” explained Carlito Alberto, ALE Project Engineer.

The client also praised ALE’s work: “I want to thank the ALE crew on behalf of SHIMCI for their outstanding efforts that allowed us to complete 100% of the expected lifts before the first shipment. Despite challenges on site, ALE has been able to complete the lifts on time,” commented the SHI-MCI Egina Project Manager.

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