Transportation and installation of key components at Kathu Concentrated Solar Power Plant, South Africa
ALE has completed the onshore port handling, transportation and final positioning of 51 key components for the Kathu CSP project near Kathu in the Northern Cape, South Africa.
ALE was contracted to handle 51 heavy and out-of-gauge components, including six heat exchangers weighing 298.2t each and 18 air condenser cells weighing 150t each.
The components were received and handled at the port using an 800t capacity hydraulic gantry. They were then transported from port to site using a total of 85 axle lines of conventional multi-axle trailer.
ALE supplied a custom designed gantry system with four 200t capacity strand jacks and skidding system in longitudinal and transverse directions for installation of the six 298.2t heat exchangers and a 600t capacity crawler crane with superlift to install the remaining components.
The use of a gantry system reduced the operation time and minimised interference with other activities.