Heavy lift specialist ALE has started a long-distance transportation project moving over-dimensional (ODC) and heavylift (HL) cargo across Oman. Once complete, ALE will have transported 110 cargo loads between the Port of Duqm to new IBRI IPP power plant project in Ibri, Oman.
ALE started the project in March 2017 and is expected to finish in November 2017. The components being transported include gas turbines, gas turbine generators, steam turbines, HRSGs, transformers and other, smaller cargo. All cargo weighs between 50-390t each and will be transported using conventional trailers and ALE’s Trojan truck. Yasser Al Yasin, ALE’s country manager in Oman, said, ““We had seen a great start to the project, with all pieces being delivered safely and on schedule. We are facing several challenges that we have had to negotiate, such as complying with the authorities to gain special permissions so that two items are transported per convoy to avoid delays to the overall schedule and the limited storage at the port has meant that we have had to find a mutually beneficial solution to tranship the cargo to our yard in Duqm to resolve port congestion.
“Furthermore, at 9.5m wide and over 75t, the sheer size and scale of the pieces means that we have had to build a 2km bypass route to avoid certain bridges and work cooperatively with the Royal Oman Police to deploy extra police escorts to minimise disruption to road traffic and members of the public.”