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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 Wisconsin from where we cover the Midwest, and in Rowesville from where we cover the East coast.


We provide Engineered Heavy Lifting Services

Heavy Lifting

  • We provide Project-based heavy lift services
  • Turnaround maintenance
  • Installation of turbines & generators
  • Erection of steel structures
  • Erection of heat exchangers
  • Installation of mechanical equipment, drums, casing / inlet ducts, vessels, pumps

Heavy Transport Services

  • Out of Gauge and abnormal load transport
  • Project based heavy transport
  • Rental of specialized transport equipment
  • Factory-to-Foundation

Decomissioning and Dismantling Services

Rental Services

  • We provide bare lease as well as operated rentals services
  • Skidding & jacking


  • New nuclear plant construction
  • Operating nuclear plant
  • Small Modular Reactor (SMR)
  • Decommissioning
  • Department of Energy (DOE)
  • Government
  • Thermal power plants
  • Oil & Gas
  • Petrochemical
  • Major civil projects including:
    • Airports
    • Bridges
    • Stadia
    • Ports & yards
    • Oversized heavy haul


  • Hydraulic cranes
  • Cranes ranging from 90T to 3200T
  • Hydraulic jacks
  • Strand jacks
  • Self Propelled Modular Trailers
  • Semi trailers
  • Out of Gauge transport


10855 John Ralston Rd
Houston, Texas 77044
+ 1 832 536 3669
+ 1 832 615 2678

9204-A Highway 61
Sorrento, Louisiana 70778
+ 1 225 450

15095 W 42nd St.
Odessa, TX 79764

Sarens USA – East
75 N. Haddon Ave Suite 101
Haddonfield, NJ, 08033
+1 856 503 2121

75 N. Haddon Ave Suite 101
Haddonfield, NJ 08033

1430 South Goodland Road
Hartford, WI 53027
+ 1 414 299 0858

Valero’s refinery in Pembroke, UK.
Sarens assists in the turnaround project of the Valero’s refinery in Pembroke, UK.
February 2023

Sarens was commissioned by our trusted client Valero to provide a factory-to-foundation solution for the replacement of two large columns as part of the turnaround at Valero’s refinery in Pembroke. The new columns had to be transported from the fabrication yard in northern Spain. The old columns had to be replaced and new columns had to be installed on the foundations at the Valero HL quay in Pembroke, UK under live plant conditions.

The scope included: 

  • Collecting two new columns/vessels from Gijon, Spain using a geared ship. 
    Ship the vessels to Port of Pembroke and unload to the SPMTs. 
    Transfer to stools where they were dressed. 
    Pick-up from stools on SPMT and transfer to the barge for shipment from Port of Pembroke to the Valero HL quay. Load-in on SPMTs and transfer to laydown area.
    Lift-out two old columns from the unit using SGC90 and specially manage lifting needle beam. 
    Lift-in two new columns.
    Considering that the load-out and load-in had to be performed under live plant conditions and heavy wind, Sarens deployed its new electric giant crane – the SGC-90, an environmentally-friendly electric ring crane ideal for projects in the nuclear, logistics, construction, and offshore wind sectors. 

The newest crane in the fleet was developed in response to market demand for heavy lift cranes with capacities greater than 80.000 TM. Its ring diameter is 35 metres, maximum counterweight is 2.700 tonnes, and maximum load moment is 99.000 tonnes. It can be configured in a variety of ways, with main boom lengths of 100, 120, and 130 metres and a small jib of 200 tonnes. The Sarens heavy duty and light jib can also be used to reach further or attain a higher hook height.

The two columns replaced were:

  • A Depropaniser weighing 456T and measuring 55m x 10.2m x 11.3m
  • An Acid Settler weighing 438T and measuring 38.2m x 12.8m x 13.5m

The other equipment used for the project included:

  • 48 x K24 Axle Lines + 4 no. PPU
  • Specialist forward wheel-house module carrier
  • 100T mobile crane
  • MEWPs & Telehandlers
  • Turntables
  • Linkspans
  • Transport & Support Beams
  • Mats & Stools

While delivering the new components via Milford Haven to the project quay, the crew had to deal with some of the largest tidal ranges in the world along with the added challenging on-site route comprising of a steep winding road from the refinery heavy lift Ro-Ro quay to the refinery site. 

According to Sarens Project Planner, Andrew Davies, “By deploying state of the art equipment, innovative engineering, and superlative project management, Sarens was able to provide a seamless “one-stop-shop” solution for the delivery of the vessels to site even during the Covid-19 pandemic restrictions.”