Friday, July 20, 2012

Project Freight Forwarder Undertakes Desert Supply Chain Contract

Geodis Supports Natural Gas Project
Shipping News Feature

ABU DHABI – UAE – Freight forwarder and supply chain project management company Geodis Wilson Italia, a division of global logistics provider Geodis Group, has announced that it has begun the delivery of four absorber reactors to the Abu Dhabi Gas Development Company Ltd (AI Husn Gas), subsidiary of Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC), Shah Project Site, a new facility 250 kilometres south of Abu Dhabi in the UAE, where one of the biggest natural gas extraction and processing plant is to be built.

The first of four reactors - weighing 1400 tonnes each and measuring 60 metres in length and 10 metres in diameter, all constructed in Italy, has left Ortona, in Abruzzo, and it was immediately followed by two more from Monfalcone and Marghera. The reactors are due to arrive at their final destination in the middle of the Emirati desert this month with the whole operation lasting around eighteen months. The reactors will be joined by around 200 special components originating mainly from South Korea, China and Italy, which will be used to construct specific parts of the Shah Gas plant. The total volume of goods transported will reach 300,000 cubic metres. Geodis Wilson Italia Industrial Project Director Biagio Oro commented:

"The success of an exceptional delivery like this one depends on the effectiveness of upstream high-engineering activities. This means planning all the transport operations in precise detail. Such precision tasks include: the chartering of the best suited cargo vessels; stipulating exact dimensions in contracts with ship owners; carrying out feasibility studies to identify the best routes; supervising the loading of the materials; overseeing unloading operations at the destination port and the arrangement of transport and logistics service for final delivery to the construction site".

Once off-loaded at the port of Mussafah in the UAE and customs clearance has been affected, the reactors are to be transported on special self-propelled modular trailers (SPMT) for around 250 kilometres across the rugged terrain of the Middle Eastern desert, utilising unmade off road tracks. Each exceptional load will arrive at its final destination having spent nearly a month in the desert, travelling at speeds of 7 to 8 kilometres per hour, before being handed over to the managers of the Shah Gas plant.