Volga-Dnepr Airlines carries 130 tonnes of equipment to Russia for Yamal-LNG

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March 29, 2018: Volga-Dnepr Airlines recently transported 130 tonnes of high pressure pump, and gas recovery cargo for Yamal-LNG, from Novy Urengoy to Sabetta in Russia, using two An-124-100 freighters.

The transportation solution was provided by AeroTransCargo, a Russian logistics company, which managed the air transportation of over 3,500 tonnes of equipment, mostly using the unique IL-76TD-90VD, and An-124-100 freighters, with the expertise of Volga-Dnepr Airlines.

Volga-Dnepr transported a high pressure pump weighing 30 tonnes, and other gas recovery cargo, weighing approximately 130 tonnes onboard two An-124-100 flights. The equipment will be installed at Yamal-LNG’s liquefied natural gas plant, located in the Yamal Peninsula. The transportation were carried out under most challenging conditions of the polar region, at temperatures below minus 35 degree Celsius.

Alexander Supichenko, director, AeroTransCargo LLC said: “Taking into consideration such difficult operating conditions, we could only turn to real professionals. We have been working with Volga-Dnepr Airlines since 2015, and have witnessed vast capabilities of their aircraft, and its experienced specialists. Our company is the contractor to one of the world’s largest oil and gas projects, hence it was essential for us to meet terms of our responsibilities, and provide continuous equipment supplies to the production site of the Yamal-LNG plant.”

The equipment was delivered using Volga-Dnepr’s An-124-100, from the customer’s warehouse in Novy Urengoy, using a ramp extension and cranes to load the high pressure pump into the freighter. The first freighter delivered 70 tonnes of equipment to Sabetta International Airport. Timely unloading enabled the ‘Ruslan’ aircraft to return to Novy Urengoy to collect the remaining 60 tonnes of cargo, which was delivered the next day.

Mikhail Smirnykh, general director, Volga-Dnepr Airlines said: “In the course of the transportation, every single detail was of high importance. It included loading equipment, qualified crew members, full coordination with the customer regarding provision of the cargo to the airport, arrangement of powerful cranes, lowbed trailers, and performance of loading/offloading by the airline’s certified staff. Volga-Dnepr Airlines is widely experienced in providing transportation services under the conditions of the polar and permafrost regions. Last year, we operated 20 flights to Baffinland, Canada. This year, in cooperation with AeroTransCargo, we are proud to be continuing our support for the major infrastructure project of the new gas processing plant, located at the Yamal Peninsula.”

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