First, ALE transported the slug catchers from the fabrication yard through the narrow streets of Gijon city centre to Gijon Port using 32 axle lines of SPMT. ALE’s diverse experience and ability to draw on a range of equipment enabled them to negotiate this first challenging part of the route safely while in heavily congested areas.
There was limited time for ALE to prepare and this was compounded for the Saudi Arabia stage of the operation because it took place over the country’s public holiday periods. All the preparations had to begin earlier than usual and ALE worked hard to maintain communications with all the authorities, whilst also keeping the client updated.
Once at Gijon Port, the slug catchers were loaded-out onto a self-propelled barge and upon arrival at Jubail Industrial Port, they were loaded-in.
ALE then transported both slug catchers in convoy using 174 axle lines of SPMT in a configuration of 6 file 30 and 6 file 28.
The movement times were restricted and ALE ensured the convoy was kept moving as much as possible while observing the safe speed restrictions.
One of the greatest challenges during the transportation was on a narrow road that had been affected by sand encroachment. ALE worked quickly with the various authorities to get the road cleared, avoiding any major delays. The slug catchers were transported a total of 90km to their final destination at the Fadhili Gas Program Project.