Weighty load of oil and gas equipment flies to Cape Town
AN-124-100 and IL-76TD-90VD freighters from Volga-Dnepr Airlines' fleet were recently called into action to deliver more than 80 t of oil and gas equipment to Cape Town (South Africa). The AN-124 flight carried five 13 m pipes, weighing 60 t, from Singapore. The consignment was trucked to Singapore's Changi airport and then placed onto airport dollies and towed to the aircraft for loading. The aircraft’s onboard cranes were used to load the pipes. The delivery was operated on behalf of the logistics company UTI South Africa and was contracted under the Ruslan International AN-124 joint venture.
Prior to that, oil equipment had to be urgently moved from Stavanger (Norway) onboard an IL-76TD-90VD cargo aircraft. The operation was organised by Volga-Dnepr’s experts. The shipment of two 13.5 m and 7.5 m long subsea risers was required to complete the fast repair of a broken semi-submersible drilling rig. This equipment was delivered on behalf of French broker ATS International.