A record-breaking crane has performed its inaugural land-based lift in Brazil, onto the P-74 floating, production, storage and offloading (FPSO) vessel.
The unit is considered to be the world’s largest land-based crane; named AL.SK350, it was built by ALE using a 4,000 tonne winch system.
“The crane is performing well and exceeding expectations with its high slew speed, in combination with the 4,000 tonne winch system. Despite challenges faced by the weather, we have successfully completed the first campaign ahead of schedule, recognising the engineering achievements this milestone brings,” ALE Senior Project Manager Ronnie Addams, said.
PHOTOS: Record-Breaking Crane Operates in Brazil
The crane is being used to lift and install approximately 40 modules weighing up to 3,000 tonnes.
As well as this, it is the only crane capable of installing the modules without the additional relocation of the ship’s hull, the company informed in a statement.
“This has saved the client considerable construction time and money in the construction schedule,” ALE explained.
The innovative crane is currently working on the P-74 FPSO
The heaviest module on the project will weigh 3,000 tonnes, which makes it the heaviest commercial load ever lifted by a land-based mobile crane.
With its capacity to load 354,000 tonnes, this is the largest capacity crane in the market by a significant margin.
“Its huge lifting capabilities enable clients to construct equipment for lifting weights heavier than ever before”, the company stated further.
ALE’s Crane is Operating South of Brazil
The FPSO P-74 operating south of Brazil is a production platform designed to operate in the pre-salt fields with a capacity to process 150,000 barrels of oil per day (bpd) and 7 million cubic metres (247.2 million cubic feet) of gas.
The hull of the platform arrived to the EBR shipyard earlier in August to be finalised.
Plans for the crane had been announced by ALE in 2012 as an upgraded version of the crane being used to complete projects in the Middle East at the time.
The unit was used for heavy lifting in the shipyard, including the installation of modules onto the hulls of FPSO vessels.