Russian oversized and heavy cargo specialist, Beluga Projects Logistic, completed a project that involved delivering seven power transformers weighing up to 120 tonnes to three oilfield power stations in Russia. The work was conducted for Beluga’s client, oil and gas company LLC RN-Uvatneftegaz.
The job was carried out under harsh conditions. Temperatures were as low as -27 °C and the journey involved travelling along icy roads with inclines up to 17 degrees, across bridges, and over ice crossings. To achieve delivery a Volvo 6 x 6 with modular trailers from Scheuerle and Faymonville were used. Beluga said all equipment performed well in such difficult conditions.
To add to the challenges, the transportation had to take place as quickly as possible as the weather was forecast to thaw, which would have resulted in the winter road and ice crossings becoming impassable. As a result, the equipment was delivered ahead of schedule.
The power station equipment was loaded and unloaded using an Enerpac SBL 1100 hydraulic telescopic gantry lifting system. According to Beluga, using this system made it possible to install the transformers directly onto their foundations without needing heavy-duty wheeled mobile cranes and additional rigging and assembly works, thereby significantly reducing costs for the customer.