Boiler Lift Finnsnes - Norway
Lifting of two boiler modules at a ferrosilicon plant

Scope of work performed

Lifting of 4 Aalborg boilers
Weight: 300t
Lifting distance: 25m


8 SLU-40 units


Finnfjord A/S, Norway

VSL Entity

VSL Heavy Lifting Switzerland


April 2011 and 2012

Project Description

Aalborg Boiler Lift

Today Finnfjord is one of Europe`s most energy-efficient and environmentally friendly producers of ferrosilicon. The company, which has a capacity of 100,000t per year, is based near Trodheim in the very north of Norway.

Currently Finnfjord is investing €100 million  in Norway`s biggest energy-recovery plant. Building the new recovery plant required four major boiler units to be lifted into place in two operations.

In August 2011 VSL Heavy Lifting performed the first operation, which involved lifting two boilers each weighing 300t. The modules wer reaised about 25m by eight SLU-40 strand lifting units.  VSL supplied and delivered the equipment sets for both boilers and additionally provided a complete lower anchorage including the base plate. The usage of this special installation method meant that the strand bundles installed themselves during the first lift for the second lift. . This shortened the operation time and minimised the client`s cost. After the winter break, the whole operation was repeated in April 2012 to lift the two remaining units.

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