Trio of Modulift Spreaders Hoist Steam Turbine


Three Modulift-designed and manufactured spreader beams were used by one of the largest transport and heavy lift companies, Allelys, to lift a 176t steam turbine generator on the East coast of England.

“Modulift spreader beams were used in a 1-over-2 configuration to lift the steam turbine generator safely from port to vessel with a LG1550 mobile crane. The generator measured 14m long, 4.8m wide and 4.5m high, so specialised transportation and lifting equipment was a must” said Shahid Islam, Project Manager at Allelys.

The 176te steam turbine generator is commonly used in power plants, converting thermal energy from steam into mechanical energy, which drives the generator to produce electricity. A specialist trailer in a 16-axle configuration was used to move the generator from Peterborough to the Port of Sutton Bridge. Once the generator arrived at the Port it was lifted onto a vessel bound for Singapore.

Islam continued “The team executed the lift successfully within a very tight timeframe, with safety being the most critical factor in the project. The spreader beam configuration included a MOD® 250 at 5m on the top, with MOD® 110 and 110H spreader beams underneath.”

“The MOD® spreader beams are lightweight, easily assembled and can be re-used for different lifts. We can always rely on our products being safe and reliable as they are DNV Type Approved and ready to use on-site” said Sarah Spivey, Managing Director at Modulift.

Modulift is globally recognised as the market leader below-the-hook. The MOD® spreader beam is the linchpin in Modulift’s product offering. A versatile foundation that seamlessly modifies into the shackle-free Trunnion, and CMOD® & TriMOD spreader frames. The MOD® is available from 6t to 2000t at a span of 0.4m to 36m.

Spivey added “Because MOD® spreader beams are reusable, they are the obvious choice for transportation companies such as Allelys.  Combining them into a 1-over-2 configuration allows for multiple lifting points using just one crane. We are pleased to see Modulift’s equipment facilitated the safe lift of this steam turbine engine.”

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