Founded in 1983, ALE is now one of the world’s leading international heavy transport and installation contractors with a global network of operating centres and a large fleet of heavy cranes, specialist transport and installation equipment.
Providing engineering, heavy lifting, transportation, installation and ballasting, jacking, skidding and weighing services across the world, they are known best for their exceptional project management and engineering intelligence.
ALE operates a comprehensive fleet of heavy cranes with their crawler fleet, ranging from 100t to 1600t and their specialist AL.SK fleet with capacities of up to 5,000t. The fleet includes some of the largest equipment and latest technology available today, providing the range, sizes and capabilities to meet the demands of modern day projects.
The cranes are based in strategic locations worldwide to provide an efficient and cost-effective solution, minimizing mobilization and maximizing use. Their crane engineering and rigging teams provide innovative and client-focused solutions to your rigging and lifting requirements, and produce technically sound, well-thought-out schemes.
Their branches are found across the world. In Africa, ALE has branches in Maputo, Mozambique, and Cape Town and Johannesburg in South Africa.
ALE recently completed a job in South Africa for the West Coast 1 Project. ALE transported and prepared 47 V90 2MW 80m HH wind turbine generators for installation as part of the West Coast 1 project in the Western Cape region of South Africa.
ALE were contracted to provide the port operations, transportation, offloading and installation preparations of 47 wind turbine generators (Vestas machines) on site for the West Coast 1 wind energy project, located approximately 50km from Saldanha Bay Port.
They started work in November 2014 and it was completed in March 2015. For the port operations, ALE utilized one 250t crawler crane, one 90t mobile crane, one 40t mobile crane, one telehandler and three trailers to look after the vessel discharge.
To transport the generators, four axle lines of extendable trailers were used for blade transport and eight axle lines used for the towers and nacelle. The generators were offloaded and ALE prepared and positioned the wind turbine components ready for the main installation using a 130t – 250t mobile crane and telehander. This included the top and tailing of the tower sections to vertical.
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