Project map27 February 2012
UK heavy lift and transport specialist ALE has opened its first office in Iraq, in the southeastern city of Basra. Although the firm has had a presence in the Middle East for nearly two decades it has only now set up in Iraq. It says it is pleased to be the first major global heavy lift transportation and installation company to have a permanent base in the country. ALE describes Basra as “the hub of the Iraqi oil developments” and cites this as the reason for choosing to establish a base in this city. Executive director at ALE, Richard Peckover said: “The new Iraq office will allow us to offer a more complete service in this key geographic area, we are currently involved in projects in Iraq and are looking forward to offering our complete set of services within Iraq."
Jubail, Saudi Arabia
Sarens used two Liebherr crawlers, an LR1280 and an LR1300, to place two large girders for the construction of a new tubular steel products factory. Both girders, 51m in length and weighing in excess of 200t, were transported to site and lifted into their final position utilising a tandem lift configuration.
Abu Dhabi, UAE
A fleet of 16 Grove rough terrains is being used by Gulf Precast to build 2,000 villas for the $750m Al Falah development, part of Abu Dhabi’s Emirati Family Housing Program. The lead contractor on the project is Al Jaber Group. The cranes are working 24 hours a day on the development, a new stand-alone community that will eventually house 60,000 UAE nationals. One of the key challenges at the development is the tight schedule. Gulf Precast Concrete Company, which owns the cranes, has to manufacture and construct five villas each day to complete the 2,069 villas on time. Dr. Daniele Pfeffer, COO at Gulf Precast, says meeting the daily target and working in the harsh desert environment have been challenging. The cranes, 14 Grove RT880Es and two RT760Es, arrived in December 2010. There are 12 based at the 12,500 km2 job site performing general lifting duties, including handling structural elements to build the villas and also installing a 220km wall.
Al Ruwais, Qatar
A Sennebogen 6130 HD is working on the extension of the Al Ruwais Port, 120km north of Doha. Once the extension is complete, the fishing port will also welcome larger ferries and container ships. Consolidated Engineering Construction Company (CECC) is responsible for the large majority of the construction measures. Around 2.8m³ of mud, sludge and sand will be moved during the construction measures. In addition to deepening the navigation channel and the port basin a large number of new buildings will be built, as well as a new dock wall made of gigantic concrete blocks. These blocks are unloaded from the HGVs by the 6130 HD duty cycle crawler crane and placed. With maximum loads of 120t, the 6130 HD is ideal for this heavy work. The customer is so impressed by the machine, that an order was placed immediately for a second 6130 HD with Sennebogen sales and service partner Qatar Navigation. This has already been delivered to the customer.
Al Faris Equipment Rentals has placed an order with Liebherr totalling more than €40m for the supply of 47 Liebherr mobile cranes. The first delivery began in April 2011, and the last deliveries are scheduled for the end of 2012. Another major order is expected in the course of the first quarter of 2012 for delivery in 2013. The cranes will be an important addition to the Al Faris fleet, which already includes 180 Liebherr cranes. The crane specialists at Al Faris decided on telescopic cranes mounted on all-terrain and crawler chassis with load capacities of between 60t and 750t. The majority of the units are of the types LTM 1095-5.1 and LTM 1100-5.2. The order also includes a considerable number of LTR 1060 and LTR 1100 telescopic crawler cranes. Al Faris decided on these units because on long-term construction sites they are considerably more efficient in operation than comparable off-road cranes. They are able to move when carrying loads, and they do not need to be supported before every lift. The Al Faris Group was established in 1992, and today is one of the largest crane and transport vehicle hire companies in the entire Middle East. The firm employs some 1,800 personnel at four bases in the UAE and in Saudi Arabia.