ALE succeeds in lifting and load-out of 4 suction anchors in Egypt

ALE has recently completed the lifting and load-our of four suction anchors for the Zohr gas project, located in the Egyptian sector of the Mediterranean Sea.

The various manoeuvres took place in the Port of Alexandria where the four suction anchors were stored near the dock. Each of the columns had different weights and dimensions, ranging from 185t to 220t. The anchor parts were moved using a crawler crane with 850t capacity and a radius of up to 30m. In addition to these pieces, ALE has loaded-out other less imposing pieces such as a 65t circular hub and a 95t rectangular ladder piece. The ALE team completed the installation of all parts safely and within the deadline set by the client.

The first stone of the future multi-functional terminal port of Damietta in Egypt

This future multipurpose terminal is expected to be completed within 18 months of the start of construction and will cost approximately $ 73.6 million. It will include a long mooring area of 630m for a depth of 17 meters and an area of 75,000m2.The port will generate an increase in trade volume of 4 million tonnes / year and revenues of € 7.39 million / year. The terminal will reduce vessel waiting times and increase the volume of bulk cargo handled, particularly grain.

Lunch by the transport minister Hisham Arafat, the oil minister Tarek El Mulla and the president of the Port Authority of Damietta Ayman Saleh, the terminal is part of the Ministry of Transport’s plan to develop the port system.

Pictures: ©Damietta port authority

ALE lifts equipment of a fertiliser plant in Egypt

ALE has just completed the lifting of 11 heavy items inside a fertiliser plant in Aswan, Egypt. The British company transported the various components, including a 494 t ammonia converter and a 347 t pool reactor, using conventional trailers to the vicinity of the lifting area. Then the different items were lifted into position using 400t and 800t capacity cranes. The majority of the lifting was carried out by Liebherr LR 1400 used in tandem. The lifting system consisted of a 700 t beam with different sections which, with the choice of lifting mechanism, allowed ALE to adjust the length according to the characteristics and lifting points of each part.

New oil discovery for SDX

British oil and gas company SDX Energy, which specializes in North Africa, has just announced that an oil discovery has been made on its Rabul 5 Well in the West Gharib Concession in Egypt. The well, drilled to a depth of 1609 m, has discovered about 46 m of net crude oil.

“We are pleased to continue our recent run of drilling success with this oil discovery at Rabul 5. This well encountered the thickest section of pay sands seen in the Rabul area to date, demonstrating the significant oil potential contained within the licence. We have further drilling activity planned for the concession over the coming months and we firmly believe that these activities will enable us to increase output from the licence and achieve our ambitious production plans for 2018.” : commented Paul Welsh, President and CEO of SDX.

315 vehicles from Greece to Egypt

Cosmatos Shipping Services has successfully transported 315 cars from Greece to Egypt. The company has shipped this brand new cars in two lots via Thessaloniki port.

CSS arranged the offloading from trucks, temporary storage within Thessaloniki port Free Zone, transit formalities, loading on a car carrier vessel by private gang and the issuance of shipping documents.

Sarens successfully realises one of the most important and crucial operations ever carried out in Egypt

Sarens was commissioned by Bechtel Overseas Corporation to carry out heavy-load operations on an onshore gas processing terminal project at Idku City (North-East Alexandria). The terminal project, initiated by BP, once completed should allow extracting more than 28 million litres per day (a quarter of the current production in Egypt). The initial contract warded to Sarens was to complete the heavy lifting of 10 Cargo but the major task included lifting of four absorbers weighting around 384MT each. A team of 20 people worked throughout the Ramadam period, adapting to shorter work hours, to successfully lift the four main absorbers at the plant. During the process the team deployed the following equipment: three Liebherr mobile cranes with two LTM 1100 and one LR 1350, two Terex-Demag AC 200 all terrain cranes and one Demag CC4800 crawler crane, two Sany SCC1500 D and SCC1000 crawler cranes and a Grove RT 9130 mobile crane.

Arriving from Thailand, the CC4800 in Superlift configuration with 48m main boom served as the main crane supported by LR 1350. It took the Sarens team members nearly 10,000h of work to complete all operations.

Steven Coulson, Regional Operations Manager congratulates his team: “Using a multinational team, Sarens achieved 4 of the biggest heavylifts ever done in Egypt.  Our team worked hard together to achieve the lifts in a safe and professional manner, especially taking into account the limited working hours available during the Ramadan period.”



By Roberta Simkovicova

A Palazzani spider at the Grand Egyptian Museum in Cairo

A spider access platform from Palazzani is currently working in the Grand Egyptian Museum under construction, located between the pyramids and Cairo. The machine, 22,5 meters high and with 10 meters outreach, has been configured in crawler version and in ECO mode. The main asset of the Ragno TZX 225 is its ability to operate at any floor in the museum. Indeed, its extremely light weight up to 2,5 tons and the stowed dimensions allow to move easily, including entering elevators. On a 24 000 square meters area, the spider is powered plugged by electricity or by battery.

Egypt: The production of the Zohr gas field has started

The exploitation of the biggest Mediterranean gas field of Zohr began in December 2017. With 850 billion m³ of exploitable gas, it equates to 5,5 billion barrels of oil. Infrastructures installation was made in record time after its discovery by the company of discovery and Italian oil exploitation Eni in 2015. Zohr is operated jointly by three companies. Eni takes in charge 60% of it, the Russian state company Rosneft holds 30% and the English group BP is entitled to 10%.

« Today is a historic day for us », affirmed Eni CEO Claudio Descalzi. For him, « this project will completely transform Egypt’s energy landscape, allowing it to become self-sufficient and to turn from an importer of natural gas into a future exporter ». Rosneft declared by its CEO Igor Sechin the company had a « world class project ». The regional chairman of BP North Africa, Hesham Mekawi, considered that « the development of Zohr in record time has brought a new essential energy source to the Egyptian market ».


Photo : Eni CEO Claudio Descalzi