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Modulift spreader beams excel on “world-first” energy project

Modulift Spreader beams lift modules on the Princess Elisabeth renewable energy project.

UK-based specialist lifting equipment manufacturer, Modulift, has supplied a two of its spreader beams to contribute toward a “world-first” energy project in the North Sea.

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Deployed on ‘Princess Elisabeth’, an offshore energy project acting as an international energy hub to centralise all wind farm-generated power, MOD 34 and MOD 24 spreader beams were utilised to help lift and construct concrete sections. Ruben Verschueren, Site Superintendent Civil Works at TM Edison – the joint venture delivering the project – said the spreader beams’ performance are crucial for the project’s success.

“Modulift’s spreader beams have been integral to the construction of the concrete sections, with one formwork section weighing around 17 tonnes and 10m in length,” he said. “We are using a one-over-one configuration, utilising a MOD 34 spreader beam at the top and a MOD 24 on the bottom. Modulift spreader beams have been instrumental in safely hoisting the formwork into position.”

Modulift’s MOD 34 spreader beam possesses a maximum load capacity of 34 tonnes and a maximum span of 10m, with the top lifting lugs possessing a 25-tonne safety bow shackle and the load lugs holding a 17-tonne safety bow shackle.

The MOD 24 spreader beam, on the other hand, can hold 24 tonnes of weight and possesses a maximum span of eight metres, with 17-tonne lifting lugs as well as 12-tonne load lugs.

According to Director at Modulift, Sarah Spivey, the UK lifting equipment manufacturer is “very proud” to be part of the “groundbreaking project”.

“Modulift is known for its iconic yellow spreader beams across the renewable and offshore energy sectors, and has set the precedent for safety, efficiency, and fast delivery in the global lifting industry,” she said. “MOD spreader beams are DNV Type Approved up to 2000 tonnes and interchangeable by design, offering a reusable solution for lengthy projects.”

‘Princess Elisabeth’ has been deemed to be the world’s first artificial energy island. Construction of the project is due to be finished by the end of 2026, ultimately contributing to the European Union’s goal of 300GW of offshore wind capacity by 2050.

Modulift was founded and is based in the United Kingdom, and acts as a worldwide supplier of spreader beams, lifting beams, lifting frames, trunnions and other below the hook lifting equipment.

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