ALE jacks-up topside and aids speedier load-out

By Hannah Sundermeyer05 September 2018

The time and cost efficiency of ALE’s Mega Jack system has been demonstrated while completing a 14 meter-high jack-up of a topside in Mexico. As the Mega Jack had its own starter beams, extensive time and cost savings were made as the client did not need to fabricate temporary beams.

ALE Topside

ALE jacking-up a topside 14 meters high.

For a cost-effective load-out onto the barge, the topside needed to be jacked-up over 10m so it could be placed on the a specially designed desk support frame (DSF) for the load-out. The Mega Jack was the most viable option as limited site space meant they needed to avoid any disruption to other site operations.

The topside, weighing over 13,000-tons was jacked-up to 14 meters high in stages. Upon reaching the first jacking phase 5.5 meter high, the client could access the forklifts under the topside, which was a major advantage as they could continue operations and optimise the project schedule. Once at full height (14 meters), the DSF could then be installed underneath and jacked-down ready for the load-out.

For the jacking operation, ALE configured the Mega Jack with eight towers, each with 5,200-ton capacity. This provided the strength needed to lift such a heavy weight whilst evenly distributing the ground loading pressure.

Teun Van Gorp, project manager/engineer for ALE who specializes in the Mega Jack system, said, “It is fantastic to be involved in such a unique project. As the Mega Jack is much more efficient than other systems on the market, with quicker assembly and jacking speeds, it provided a smart solution that saved time and overall costs. The Mega Jack was also a safer option for us operating in a busy site, as its inherent contingencies reduced the overall ‘critical operation’ and no working at height or welding connections were required. By using a world-leading jacking structure such as this, the client saved money by not investing in fabrication, which also gave them the long-term competitive edge. We are really happy with the achievements so far and are preparing for the next phase.”

This is part of a full offshore service contract where ALE is executing the weighing, jacking, load-out and installation of the topside, jacket and platform. The next stage will involve the load-out and the offshore installation, with all offshore operations expected to finish in October.

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