Monday, May 22, 2017

Heavy Lift Air Freight Supplies the Needs of Madagascar Power Industry

AN 124 Delivers New Generators Using Old Technology
Shipping News Feature
MADAGASCAR – Heavy lift freight specialist Volga-Dnepr Airlines has delivered eleven generators, each weighing 57 tonnes, on board a series of six An-124 freighter flights to increase the capacity of the power plant supplying Antananarivo, the capital city of Madagascar. The flights were completed over a 14-day period.

The delivery of the generators will boost the capacity of the existing power plant in Antananarivo to 120 MW. The project is being implemented by the Turkish company Aksa Energy and will significantly improve power supplies for the city’s businesses and residents. Vladimir Bykov, Head of Volga-Dnepr’s Cargo Planning Centre, said:

“Working in close cooperation with our customer, the detailed logistics planning for the project ensured we were able to achieve maximum efficiency in the use of loading and unloading equipment. In Mauritius, we loaded the generators into the aircraft using an external crane, while in Madagascar the cargo was unloaded directly to trailers to save time and money for the customer. We were able to complete these tasks using loading/unloading technology that was first tested by the airline's specialists for the delivery of oil equipment to Colombia in 1996.”

Photo: Manoeuvring one of the giant generators into place.