For the expansion of the infrastructure for the Cygnus gas field in the North Sea, ALE UK has once again been relying on SCHEUERLE SPMTs. On 168 SPMT axle lines and using a loose coupling mode, a 4,140 t segment of a production platform as well as a total of four support elements with unit weights of between 1,180 and 2,125 t were transported.
By 2016, the Cygnus gas field should account for five per cent of UK gas production thus supplying 1.5 million households with energy. Delays in projects of this size are extremely expensive which is why the operator, GDF SUEZ E&P UK decided in favour of the vast experience of ALE along with the company´s superb range of transport equipment. Thanks to these two factors, the transportation of all five components went very smoothly although, among other things, the route included overcoming an inclined stretch of road with a three per cent gradient transverse to the direction of travel. On arrival at the quayside, the components were loaded onto a waiting barge and then transported to their final destination in the southern North Sea.
One support element of the production platform on SCHEUERLE SPMTs. For loads with high centres of gravity, SPMTs from the TII Group demonstrate their strengths to full effect and ensure a very high level of safety through precise electronic control.
SPMTs from the TII Group
In 1983, SCHEUERLE developed a vehicle that would fundamentally revolutionize the heavy haulage industry. The SPMT (Self Propelled Modular Transporter with container-sized dimensions) was introduced into the heavy-load transporter sector and changed more than just the way how loads are transported. The production concepts for the modular construction of industrial installations, conveyor systems or infrastructure projects could be transformed through the future-oriented approach now available. Today, industrial production modules reach weights of up to 15,000 tonnes with the door left open for even more potential. They are handled through the use of SPMTs. The TII Group – which is comprised of SCHEUERLE, NICOLAS und KAMAG as well as TII Energy – is the global leader in the manufacture of self-propelled modular vehicles. 70 per cent of all transports over 3,000 tonnes as well as 90 per cent of all transports over 5,000 tonnes are carried out on SPMTs from the TII Group. Customers of the TII Group benefit from the unmatched global coverage with modular vehicles. Due to the fleets of vehicles available around the world, operators can rent additional axle lines (cross-hire rental) if required and hence are able to flexibly manage new projects even if more axle lines are needed than are actually available in the company´s vehicle fleet. This allows processing more profitable projects and provides customers of the TII Group with a head start over the competition in terms of flexibility and planning certainty. SPMTs from the TII Group can be coupled together regardless of their age, and can be loaded onto container flat racks and thus easily transported. Continuous technical developments and innovations, such as the SPMT Widening Solutions or the SPMT F with an increased top speed, ensure quality vehicles at the highest technical level.
More about ALE
ALE was founded in 1983 by Roger Harries, and offers each customer an individually-tailored comprehensive range of services for all areas of management, transport and assembly of heavy, not-separable loads including lifting, transportation, erection, ballast loading, jacking and weighing. ALE provides strategic, heavy-load services for many different industries including civil engineering, oil and gas, energy, nuclear energy, offshore, renewable energy, petrochemicals, ports, marine, minerals and metals as well as mining. Headquartered in the UK, ALE has more than 30 offices in Europe, Far East, Africa, America, South America, Middle East and Australia. The company is fully compliant with international safety and excellence standards including Quality Standard ISO 9001: 2008, Environmental Standard ISO 14001: 2004, and Health and Safety Standard OHSAS 18001: 2007. ALE is also registered and qualified in the Norwegian Achilles system and Link-up; furthermore, the company is a member of both the British Safety Council and British Standards Institution. More information can be found on the ALE website: www.ale-heavylift.com.