AL.SK350 in Texas3 January 2019 by Sotiris Kanaris
ALE has used its AL.SK350 crane to lift the first of three modules on top of the offshore topside for an oil and gas project in Ingleside, Texas.
The three modules weigh a combined total of 6,614t. “As the crane can lift from one position, this is the ideal solution for working in the congested site and significant time is saved by not needing to relocate the crane for every lift, as would have been the case with other ring cranes,” said ALE.
The 54,000te/m-capacity AL.SK350 has been rigged with a 124m (406ft) main boom, and 49m ballast radius, along with a heavy winch system and 4,000t ballast.
The heater module, weighing a combined total of approximately 1,200t, is the first of three modules ALE is contracted to lift from the yard to the offshore topside. The installation outreach was 63.1m.
Filippo Anello, global projects division director at ALE, said:“As there was minimal space to position the crane, it could only be rigged in one location to perform all of the lifts—making the AL.SK350 the ideal piece of equipment.”
These lifts will act as a trial to ensure the modules fit on the topside, which will be installed off the coast of Israel.