Sarens entered US Heavy lift and heavy haul space in 2009 by acquiring Rigging International, a company based in California. We officialy changed the name to Sarens USA, INC. in 2012.
Sarens USA, INC has offices in Houston from where we cover the Gulf area, in Montana from where we cover the Midwest, and in Rowesville from where we cover the East coast.
We provide Engineered Heavy Lifting Services
Heavy Transport Services
Decomissioning and Dismantling Services
Houston, Texas (Office & Yard)
10855 John Ralston Rd
Houston, TX 77044
Tel: 832 536 3669
Fax: 832 615 2678
Missoula, Montana (Office)
Missoula, MT 59808
Tel: 406 543 4427
Fax: 406 543 4505
Conf Rm: 406 532 3093
Rowesville, South Carolina (Office & Yard)
122 River Dr
Rowesville, SC 29133
Tel: 803 534 1348
Sorrento LA (Yard)
9204-A Highway 61
Sorrento, LA 70778
Sarens is proud to have played a key role in TransAlta's Kent Hills wind farm expansion project. Between July and September of 2018, Sarens crew installed five Vestas V126 wind turbines for SkyFlo Consulting, on behalf of TransAlta.
The newly installed turbines soar 117 metres high, completing the 17.25 MW expansion project. The New Brunswick-based expansion project is now fully operational and has resulted in the complete Kent Hills wind facility now generating up to 167 MW for the province.
While Sarens has successfully completed wind farm installations around the world, a lift of this type still requires careful planning and just the right equipment. For this particular project, Sarens deployed the LR1600 crane in a SL4DFB configuration with a 120 metre main boom and a 12 metre fixed jib. It was the most efficient choice for lifting heavy loads, like the 71-tonne nacelle, to 117-metre heights.
Before operations could begin, the LR1600 was transported 800 kilometres from Quebec City via road, a journey that required five days. Assembling the crane for the first lift took an additional three days, as it had been completely stripped to meet weight restrictions.
The crew also had to continuously move and re-assemble the crane once on site, and this required careful planning to account for the narrow roads, steep hills, and strong winds. For example, because of the narrow site roads, the LR1600 had to be partly disassembled and transported to its next lift position on platform trailers.
Project manager Lee Rowe says, "Steep hills and narrow roads made the logistics and bid more complicated, but as we are no strangers to challenges the crew executed the job flawlessly."
Even though space was a challenge, good communication between the owner, Sarens' two-person crew, and an additional rigging crew meant that everything was managed in an orderly fashion. Although the schedule was tight due to necessary crane moves, the project was completed on time and within budget.
"As this is on Canada's eastern coast, the weather can change every minute," Rowe adds. "The crew had one storm coming true but all in all we were lucky with the weather during the project."
Sarens would like to congratulate everyone involved in this successful operation and to thank SkyFlo Consulting and TransAlta for a great collaboration.