ALE’s reputation for safety, precision and responsibility carries a great deal of weight in the nuclear power sector, and we are well equipped to support the increase in nuclear power generation. Over the last 20 years, we have developed strong working relationships in providing nuclear heavy lifting and transportation. We have supported projects ranging from the replacement of steam generators and reactor heads to the design of systems for dismantling turbines and electrical generators. We provide engineering resource early in the planning process to produce necessary HSQE and nuclear safety documentation ahead of critical plant outages, minimising operational impact.
Although we prioritise risk management and safety, we also champion innovative engineering. Manoeuvres can combine lifting, tilting, skidding and hydraulic turning, and this demands careful planning and faultless execution, with activity scheduled to coincide with planned stoppages to reduce disruption and downtime.
We can design bespoke lifting systems for nuclear heavy lifting and transportation projects being carried out within existing station designs – a skill which has won us recognition for our flexibility and multiple project awards. In addition, one AL.SK crane can be positioned in the centre of the site to install multiple pieces up to 5,000t, replacing individual cranes lifting smaller pieces at each reactor building. With a small footprint and extended radius, AL.SK cranes cause minimal impact and can be located inside the plant with no amends to infrastructure, or outside where they can operate offsite. With a capacity as high as this, clients can produce larger modules to minimise onsite construction.