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Transportation of waste heat boiler, from USA to UK


ALE has successfully completed the turnkey project to transport eight components of a waste heat boiler from the vendor’s facility in Abilene, Texas (USA) to a refinery in Pembroke (UK).

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For this turnkey project, ALE supplied dedicated and experienced project management services, with key personnel from ALE’s Hixon and Houston offices overseeing all aspects of the supply chain. This included route surveys, permit applications within Texas for the 500 mile journey from Abilene to Houston Port, as well as the management of subcontract suppliers and third parties for the US transport operations.


The eight waste heat boiler components ranged in weight, with the largest weighing 167t, and were transported from the vendor’s facility in Abilene, Texas to the port of Houston.  ALE’s local expertise is selecting a terminal location within the port provided the optimum solution for chartering a suitable heavylift vessel for the ocean voyage, guaranteeing a timely delivery of the cargo.


The boiler components were shipped in one voyage and received at Pembroke Dock on conventional modular trailers. A dedicated heavy-lift barge then transferred the boiler components in two consecutive voyages to the refinery jetty using a combination of SPMTs, SPTs and conventional trailers. The tidal restrictions at the refinery jetty provided tidal windows of less than an hour for arrival, discharge and departure of each barge. The barging operations were successfully completed within a four day period.


At the refinery each boiler component was delivered in sequence under the crane hook for erection onto foundation and mechanical completion. The route from jetty to the construction location involved height restrictions and by studying the route and selecting appropriate trailers, ALE ensured that each boiler component was delivered safely.


By offering the client a single-source solution, ALE utilised a wealth of experience from within the UK and Houston branches to plan, manage, co-ordinate and select the optimum solutions at each phase of the project. Consequently, the transportation of the waste heat boiler to the Pembroke refinery was completed on time and incident-free.


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