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ALE jack-up triumphs with energy award win

ALE’s UK branch has jointly won the ‘Best Energy Project’ award for its collaboration when undertaking jack-up and roll-up operations in Suffolk, UK, by the East of England Energy Group (EEEG) Awards 2016.

As part of the Dudgeon offshore wind farm project, ALE were given the scope of lifting components, performing multiple site moves, rolling-up and jacking-up the jacket, and loading-out the jacket and topside at Sembmarine SLP’s fabrication site in Lowestoft, Suffolk. ALE used its award-winning Mega Jack 800 jacking system for the first time in the UK to jack-up a 954t jacket to 14m high, as well as its AK912 crane to perform the roll-up operation.

ALE won the award jointly with the client and the designers of the suction buckets. After a group presentation, the project was voted for by the audience and a panel of judges. The winning project was based on the collaboration, innovation in its use of ground-breaking technologies and the cost reduction shown in this offshore wind project. When operational,the wind farm will have the capacity to power approximately 410,000 homes in the UK.

The award was announced at the EEEGR Awards in Norwich, UK, in September. In its 13th year, the annual awards celebrated the outstanding achievements and developments in the energy sector over the last 12 months.

Richard Mason, Projects and Engineering Development Manager for ALE, said: “This project really showcased how innovation is at the forefront of our business, using one of a kind equipment as well as creative engineering to solve a complex scope consisting of multiple operations. I would like to thank everyone at ALE as well as our client and their other suppliers, it was very much a team effort and demonstrates our effective collaborative approach to projects like these.”

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