Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Freight Forwarding Group Wins Logistics Contract for New Energy Field

French Company Gets Three Year Reward for Past Work Successfully Undertaken
Shipping News Feature

REPUBLIC OF CHAD – FRANCE – CANADA  – Geodis Wilson, the logistics subsidiary of SNCF, has secured a new three year contract with Canadian group, Caracal Energy Inc., an international player in the exploration and development of oil and gas fields. The French company is the chosen partner to supply the logistics requirements for the exploration of a new resource field in Chad, the client’s primary market. The deal includes global freight forwarding activities by air and sea, planning and execution of inland logistics, customs clearance, as well as rail and road haulage through Chad and Cameroon.

The contract is estimated to be worth around €34 million, with an option to extend for an additional two years. Kim Pedersen, Executive Vice President at Geodis Wilson pointed out that the field of energy recovery is becoming a speciality of the group by providing solutions for various sectors, and stressing the importance of the Industrial Projects Division as a strategic driver for the company’s future growth. Philippe Somers, the Senior Vice President of Geodis Wilson’s Industrial Projects Division, commented on the new contract, saying:

“We are extremely proud that Caracal Energy is placing its trust in us to operate this key business for them. It underlines our capabilities in oil & gas project logistics, which is one of our biggest differentiators in the market.”

The next shipments related to the exploration project in Chad are taking place in September this year and the new works were evidently the fruits of previous tasks undertaken by the logistics providers, a fact confirmed by John Vivian, Director Procurement & Supply Chain at Caracal, who said:

“Geodis Wilson has performed well over the past 18 months and continues to improve in areas that are particularly important to Caracal. Caracal looks forward to a productive relationship over the next three years.”

Photo: Big energy contracts involve big moves. Weighing in at over 35 tonnes and measuring in excess of 48 feet long, this emulsion treatment machine is shown being shipped by Geodis Wilson from Edmonton, Canada to Chad via Houston, Texas and Douala in Cameroon on behalf on Caracal Energy.