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Modulift, Liebherr combine to shift 176-tonne steam turbine generator

The steam turbine generator being lifted by Allelys.

UK-based transport and heavy lift company, Allelys, has mobilised its LG 1550 in tandem with three Modulift spreader beams to lift a 176-tonne steam turbine generator.

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The generator, commonly used in power plants to convert thermal energy from steam into mechanical energy and thereby allowing the generator to produce electricity, was being transported from Peterborough in England all the way to Singapore. To transport the generator to the Port of Sutton Bridge in England, Allelys devised a lifting solution using its LG 1550 and three Modulift spreader beams to place the generator onto a 16-axle custom-designed trailer. From that point, it was transported, before doubling up on the process to unload the generator onto a vessel

“Modulift spreader beams were used in a one-over-two configuration to lift the steam turbine generator safely from port to vessel with a LG 1550 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 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.”


Globally renowned, Modulift supplies spreader beams ranging from six tonnes through to 2000 tonnes in capacity at a span of 0.4m through to 36m.

Liebherr’s LG1550 mobile crane features a maximum lifting capacity of 550 tonnes which it can lift at a radius of 4.5m and possesses a main boom length of 105m. The crane, which was developed at the end of the 1980s in the Ehingen factory, ended production in 2009.

Britain-based Allelys was established in 1959 and continues to service the heavy lifting and heavy haulage industries today.

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