The Almajdouie Al Kazmi Heavylift Company has secured the onshore freight forwarding contract for a Kuwait-based Sabiya power plant project.

The company, which is a joint venture between Almajdouie Group (Dammam, Saudi Arabia) and Al Kazmi (Kuwait), will handle about 300,000 F/T of cargo imported from various parts of world and will be responsible for the entire project management and customs clearance, inland transportation of all material from various seaports and airports including local movement of heavy turbines/transformers / generators by barge operations from Sabiya seaport to the jetty.

Korea’s Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI), which holds an engineering procurement and construction (EPC) contract for the Sabiya project, earlier invited Almajdouie PSC Heavylift Company Ltd to bid for an exclusive handling of the onshore freight forwarding work, based on its remarkable services for mega power plant Al Dour in Bahrain, which HHI is currently working on.

Almajdouie and HHI have maintained long business relationship. Previously both the companies have successfully executed JUA’YMAH / UTHMANIYAH / SHEDGUM / RAS TANURA power plant projects in various part of Saudi Arabia.

Meanwhile, Almajdouie Heavylift and Engineering (MHL) recently took up a challenging task of installing a 266 ton transformer at a project site on the outskirts of Jeddah.

The resourceful execution of the work involved receiving the 266 tonne (length 10.68 m, width 3.90 m and height 5.05 m) transformer from a heavy-lift ship and loading it onto Almajdouie conventional trailers in the Jeddah Port.

This was carried out utilising a 10-axle side by side conventional trailer from Jeddah Port to the Shoaiba Sceco project site, about 130 km away on the outskirts of Jeddah. The transformer was then safely offloaded and installed using jacking and skidding in seven days.

MHL took into account various contingencies that it usually does while preparing for projects, especially a turnkey project involving such heavy transport.

Factors like weather, road and distance were considered while planning to execute this task. Strong winds made it difficult to receive the transformer, so the MHL team used the lever block to hold the cargo and successfully loaded it onto the trailers.

Transport height was another challenge as the transformer could hit some big signboards which could preempt and hamper movement, causing unnecessary expense to the client. The team solved this problem by moving the cargo very early in the morning to avoid heavy traffic leading up to the MHL terminal. The team used the side of the road in the city in which parked cars had been relocated to give access to the trailers.