ALE transports world’s heaviest evaporator to Shoaiba in Saudi Arabia

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April 26, 2018: Transport solutions provider ALE was involved in delivering world’s heaviest evaporator, weighing 5,134t, in Saudi Arabia to the Shoaiba Desalination Plant Project, 100 kilometres south of the port city Jeddah. With this, the company broke another world record in transporting heavy cargo types. 

The global heavylifting contractor was appointed to perform the full delivery scope of the evaporator as well as the steam transformers, lime filters and brine manifold to the site. 

In April, ALE first received and handled the items at the plant’s jetty. The evaporator was loaded-in using 186 axle line of Generation 3 SPMT in a 3 x 2 file 62 configuration. Smaller, different configurations were used for the other items. These were then transported 1 kilometre to the project site.

Once on site, ALE had to negotiate the challenging route within the plant. To avoid the unnecessary removal of obstacles, aspects of the cargo structure were modified to pass over fences.

Andrew Spink, general manager for ALE’s Saudi Arabia branch, commented: “It is fantastic to be involved in transporting cargo of this sheer size and scale that makes it such a landmark move. This was a complex operation, not only in terms of the pieces involved, but also the logistics of receiving almost 200 axle lines of SPMT and mobilising an experienced transport crew.”

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