ALE, a global heavylift specialist, has informed it is halfway through the Malikai project in Malaysia, which is expected to include the world’s highest jack-up and skidding operation.
ALE was awarded the contracts for the Malikai project on behalf of Technip and Malaysia Marine and Heavy Engineering Sdn Bhd joint venture, TMJV. ALE was given the scope of weighing and transporting four unit hull blocks, living quarters and mega beams for the ‘superlift’ activities.
This superlift includes weighing the topsides, skidding the topsides (80 meters) above ALE’s Mega Jack System, jacking up to a height around 40 meters using the Mega Jack System, skidding the topsides at height above the hull (90m), and mating the topsides to the hull.
ALE has also been contracted to remove all equipment using ALE’s 900t strand jacks (pre-installed on the maindeck of the topsides), skidding equipment and SPMTs. Once this has been performed, ALE will also carry out the load-out of the TLP.
Edwin Blösser, from ALE’s Netherlands branch who will carry out the superlift activities, commented: “We are now preparing for the jacking operation using ALE’s innovative Mega Jack System – which is expected to be the world’s highest jack-up. We started to mobilise the equipment at the beginning of April and prepared the superlift in May.”
ALE’s Junior Project Manager, Mohd Syafiq Suziliman, said: “We have completed 50% of the scope, with the weighing and transportation of the four hull blocks and living quarters completed in April 2015. The movement of the mega beams for the superlift took place in May and the superlift operation is expected towards the beginning of July 2015.”