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Abnormal Load Engineering Ltd

Founded in 1983 by Roger Harries, ALE delivers a highly tailored, end-to-end service covering every aspect of the handling, transportation and installation of heavy, indivisible loads, including lifting, transporting, installing, ballasting, jacking and weighing.

ALE delivers strategic heavy-lift services to a wide range of sectors, including civil, oil and gas, energy, nuclear, offshore, renewables, petrochemical, ports, marine, minerals and metals and mining.

In 2008 it launched the AL.SK190, the world’s largest land-based crane, which it developed specifically for the lifting and installation of ultra-heavy loads and which is capable of lifting a record-breaking 4,300te and can be relocated on site fully rigged.

In 2011 ALE launched its ground breaking innovation - the Mega Jack system- capable of lifting 60,000te to a height of 25m the Mega Jack was developed to meet increasing demand in the offshore industry.

In 2012 ALE announced the building of the next generation AL.SK350 - the latest world’s largest capacity land based crane with a lifting capacity of 5000te.

In 2013 the Mega Jack performed the record breaking lift of the Arkutun Dagi topside in Korea, at 42,780t it is the heaviest load ever jacked.

In 2013 ALE announced its latest innovation to be offered to the heavylift market in the form of the Hydro Deck. With the ability to mitigate the challenges faced when loading-in or out in

extreme tidal variations the Hydro Deck changes the way construction is done in these parts of the world.

In 2014 ALE announced its new ‘innovation’ series brand with the launch of the Mega Jack 800.

ALE is headquartered in the UK and has more than 30 offices across Europe, the Far East, Africa, America, South America, the Middle East and Australia. It is fully compliant with international standards of safety and excellence, 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 Achilles Norway and Link-up systems, and is a member of both the British Safety Council and the British Standards Institution.

Further information can be found on the ALE website at www.ale-heavylift.com


Services

Ballasting systems

Ballasting systems

Using a range of hydraulic submersible ballast and de-ballast pumps, ALE is capable of performing very high capacity barge ballasting operations – in ...

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Engineering solutions

Engineering solutions

With more than 100 highly qualified engineers, a Research and Development team capable of designing record-breaking equipment, and a pedigree in deliv...

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Heavy crane lifting

Heavy crane lifting

ALE operates a comprehensive fleet of heavy cranes including crawler cranes and pedestal cranes ranging from 200 to 1,600te capacity. The fleet includ...

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Jacking systems

Jacking systems

Over the years, ALE has operated a number of jacking systems including strand jacks, which provide a cost-effective lifting and pulling solution for t...

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Lifting systems

Lifting systems

ALE offers a specialist lifting service to all markets. With a strong heritage in engineering and innovation, we are perfectly placed to undertake the...

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Load-in and load-out

Load-in and load-out

Having loaded-out more than 1,000 structures since the '80s, ALE is an authority on load-out systems for platforms and jackets. Our service allows mod...

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Logistical solutions

Logistical solutions

ALE's logistics capabilities range from the support of single import/export jobs to complete end-to-end projects involving the transportation of compl...

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Skidding systems

Skidding systems

ALE was the first company to design, develop and operate the hydraulic compensated skid-shoe system. Skid systems are designed to make precise horizon...

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Transportation

Transportation

With years of experience and one of the largest fleets of heavy transportation axles and ancillary equipment in the world, ALE is a globally renowned ...

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Turnkey projects

Turnkey projects

In recent years, major new projects have grown both in size and in the demands of the highest standards in performance. Such projects require activiti...

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Weighing

Weighing

Weighing operations help us to ensure that work is carried out as efficiently and cost-effectively as possible. With the ability to weigh structures f...

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News

Efficient roof skid of the eight-storey Centro Cultural Bicentenario in Buenos Aires,  Argentina

Efficient roof skid of the eight-storey Centro Cultural Bicentenario in Buenos Aires, Argentina

Overview The roof of the eight-storey Centro Cultural Bicentenario in Buenos Aires has been successfully skidded by ALE. The skidding took place in t...

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ALE uses bespoke ballast system in offshore platform installation

ALE uses bespoke ballast system in offshore platform installation

Ballasting of the 14,000t SylWin Alpha platform installation, North Sea Overview ALE has successfully installed the Sylwin Alpha, an offshore platfo...

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ALE load-out modules which are set to become world’s largest turret.

ALE load-out modules which are set to become world’s largest turret.

Overview ALE has successfully completed the weighing, transportation and load-out of a single module, combined of three components, which will form p...

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ALE celebrates first job for Mega Jack 800

ALE celebrates first job for Mega Jack 800

Overview The latest innovation from ALE has been in action for the first time during a large bridge exchange project in the Netherlands. The Mega Ja...

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Pearl Manora Topside load-out, Thailand

Pearl Manora Topside load-out, Thailand

Overview ALE has successfully completed the load-out of a 518t jacket and the weighing and transport of the 2740t Pearl Manora Topside at the Sattahi...

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Raising the roof in Wisconsin

Raising the roof in Wisconsin

Overview ALE has successfully lifted the entire roof structure of a large Auditorium in Madison, Wisconsin, a project for which the company has just ...

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ALE’s Madrid office hosts successful technical conference

ALE’s Madrid office hosts successful technical conference

Overview ALE focused on the Civil Work sector at a recent Technical Conference in Madrid – the fourth in a series of highly acclaimed events organise...

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Edvard Grieg EPC Project – LQ Load-out in Norway

Edvard Grieg EPC Project – LQ Load-out in Norway

Overview The load-in and load-out of a 1260t living quarters module, Norway has been successfully undertaken by ALE. ALE used 60 SPMT axles to loca...

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 ALE’s Spanish office celebrating the presentation of 11 long service awards on Friday 13th June.

ALE’s Spanish office celebrating the presentation of 11 long service awards on Friday 13th June.

Overview The whole team came together to congratulate their 11 colleagues on a total of 201 years of service across a variety of roles including Depo...

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ALE announces latest innovation the Mega Jack 800 system

ALE announces latest innovation the Mega Jack 800 system

Overview ALE has unveiled its latest innovation, the Mega Jack 800, designed by the company’s Research and Development division to provide a unique j...

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 ALE wins ESTA Award for combined techniques

ALE wins ESTA Award for combined techniques

Overview April 2014 -The prestigious award was presented to ALE at the annual ESTA awards ceremony on April 24th in recognition of our Toruń bridge p...

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 ALE transport record breaking 13,191.98t deck, UAE

ALE transport record breaking 13,191.98t deck, UAE

Overview The transportation of a 13,191.98t PUQ deck in Jebel Ali, UAE has been awarded the Guinness World Record for the ‘Heaviest Load Moved by SPM...

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Jobs

Latest jobs with ALE

Latest jobs with ALE

Keep up to date with latest jobs from ALE. For our latest opportunities click on our logo.

Click here for more information on http://jobsearch.ale-heavylift.com/

Documents

ALE Renewables Brochure

ALE Renewables Brochure

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ALE Capability Brochure

ALE Capability Brochure

catalogue

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ALE AL.SK Brochure

ALE AL.SK Brochure

Catalogue

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ALE Power Generation Brochure

ALE Power Generation Brochure

Catalogue

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ALE Ainscough Brochure

ALE Ainscough Brochure

Catalogue

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ALE Light Heavy Brochure

ALE Light Heavy Brochure

Catalogue

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ALE Nuclear Brochure

ALE Nuclear Brochure

Catalogue

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ALE Offshore Brochure

ALE Offshore Brochure

Catalogue

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ALE Oil, Gas & Petrochem Brochure

ALE Oil, Gas & Petrochem Brochure

Catalogue

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New Heights Issue 5

New Heights Issue 5

Catalogue

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New Heights Issue 6

New Heights Issue 6

Catalogue

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Videos

ALE performed the transport and installation for West Burton power station.

The 18 items, which comprised steam and gas turbines,
generators and transformers, were received at the Port
of Hull and barged down the River Trent to a jetty at
Cottam Power Station. They were then transhipped to
a girder frame trailer for the final 6 mile road journey
to the station, a route which included narrow country
lanes passing through small villages. Once at the site,
each piece was transhipped back to SPMT, transported
through site and installed.

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Abnormal Load Engineering Ltd

  • New Road
  • Hixon
  • Staffordshire
  • ST18 0PE

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