ALE transported the 140t boiler from Ellesmere Port to the project site at Tyseley, before vertically rotating the unit and using eight axle lines of SPMTs to transport it into the building.

Installation was completed using a four-point hydraulic Lift ‘n’ Lock gantry system, with ALE raising the boiler more than 5m before skidding the unit laterally over its support steelwork, then lowering it to its final position.

Tom Irvine, senior project manager at ALE, said: "When transporting the boiler from Ellesmere Port to Birmingham, as required by the authorities, we selected a transportation arrangement to suit the load capacity in respect of the axle loadings on structures along the 121-mile long route. In order to achieve this we used an 11-axle-length, 3.65m-wide hydraulic modular trailer with a Trojan tractor unit.

"After four days transporting the boiler to site, we then had to negotiate the limited space that was available to manoeuvre the boiler inside the building on an eight-axle SPMT. With the limited clearances available, our installation equipment was accurately positioned prior to the boiler arriving on site. The ALE transport and installation teams involved successfully executed and completed the project within six days from port to foundation."

The project, which is being constructed by EPC contractor MWH Global, is a waste-to-energy power station that will supply power to more than 17,000 homes in the local area.