Transport experience enables time-saving move for wind farm


Mauritania’s lengthy shoreline has considerable wind-power potential and so the country is looking to increase its ratio of renewable energy. This has led to the commissioning of the 122 million euro Boulenouar Wind Power Project.

ALE mobilized its specialist transport services to complete the transportation and installation of two electrical transformers, saving time and costs for a 100-MW wind-farm project near Nouadhibou, Mauritania. Its experience in transportation across a range of sectors enabled it to eliminate a third from the operation’s schedule, which also saved costs.

The abnormal load transport of the electrical transformers, weighing 95 metric tons each, crossed more than 100 kilometers. The route began at the Port of Nouadhibou and finished at a transformation center.

Once on site, the transformers were unloaded using heavy-duty lifting equipment and discharged directly onto rails embedded in concrete. This enabled the transformers to be rolled on their own wheels to their final position.

ALE was able to mobilize a team at short notice for the operation. For the specialist transport and installation, ALE used 6 axle lines of conventional trailer with a 250 metric ton capacity tractor, then 90 metric ton capacity hydraulic jacks for the unloading.