Eye-catching transport to Kalstø

A 4.6 metre high and 4.3 metre wide valve transport recently took place from Aibel's yard in Haugesund through quiet city streets and along narrow country roads to Kalstø.

It was an eye-catching moment that unfolded in Haugesund city late Monday night. A lowered special vehicle quietly rolled along the road holding a 24 ton new valve. The valve, which is to be installed at the Kalstø landfall facility, measured 4.6 metres in height and 4.3 metres in width when mounted on the vehicle. In other words; it was pushing the limits for what is possible to transport along Norwegian roads.

A 4.6 metre high and 4.3 metre wide valve transport recently took place from Aibel's yard in Haugesund to Kalstø.
Preparations in Haugesund (all images: Bjørn Sigve Underhaug/Wilhelm Mannes/Aibel).

"Upon departure, the valve had been installed at an incline in a transportation cage to minimize the height. En route we were escorted by both the police and an accompanying vehicle to ensure safety," says Project Manager for the Kalstø Robustness Project (KaRP), Ole Sandvik.

A 4.6 metre high and 4.3 metre wide valve transport recently took place from Aibel's yard in Haugesund to Kalstø.
The valve was installed on a lowered special vehicle.

All cleared
The transport was thoroughly planned. Prior to the departure, external experts had performed calculations related to the various road patches and obstacles the valve would pass. Both bridges, where a load of this size is especially vulnerable to wind gusts, narrow road sections and tight curves were cleared.

A 4.6 metre high and 4.3 metre wide valve transport recently took place from Aibel's yard in Haugesund to Kalstø.
Approaching Kalstø, the transport faced a number of narrow road patches. 

One hour and ten minutes from departure, the valve reached its final destination, where it was unloaded and secured pending installation.

A 4.6 metre high and 4.3 metre wide valve transport recently took place from Aibel's yard in Haugesund to Kalstø.
The valve has now been unloaded and secured pending installation. 

On schedule
Aibel was awarded the Kalstø Robustness Project in the autumn of 2014. The project will upgrade the Kalstø landfall facility to ensure continued safe and reliable operations. The contract comprises engineering, procurement, decommissioning and installation of new equipment.

"So far, work has been progressing really well. The project is on schedule and has reached all milestones," says the project manager. 

Published 2016-01-29, 11:39 CET Updated 2016-01-29, 11:39 CET

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