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Prompt delivery of oversized equipment to a barely accessible mountain airport, delivering oil and gas equipment from the UK to Yuzhnosakhalinsk is a typical example of the projects Volga-Dnepr is asked to manage. Loading and unloading of non-demountable large-scale units is another of its proven skills. Over more than 20 years, Volga-Dnepr has gained unique experience in transporting cargoes for oil and gas industry customers across the globe — and will find an individual solution for every task.

Transportation of bulky and super heavy equipment used to take months for ground or sea deliveries. Today, Volga-Dnepr’s professional arrange the same deliveries within days. This significantly expedites production processes for customers, reduces their costs and provides additional competitive advantages.

Volga-Dnepr aircraft can land on unprepared runways and carry out cargo loading and unloading without the need for specialist airport handling equipment. This is of particular value for the delivery of oil and gas equipment to remote regions where gas- and oilfields are being explored.

July 2014

An-124-100 and IL-76TD-90VD freighters from Volga-Dnepr Airlines’ fleet were called into action to deliver more than 80 tons of oil and gas equipment to Cape Town in South Africa.

The An-124 flight carried five 13-metre pipes from Singapore weighing 60 tons. The pipes were shipped to Singapore’s Changi Airport by truck and then placed carefully 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 logistics company UTI South Africa.

June 2014

Volga-Dnepr Airlines again proved its competence as the global leader in the specialist market of oversized cargo by delivering a mobile 24-meter high drilling rig onboard its AN-124-100 Ruslan freighter from Novy Urengoy to Mirny, Russia for Verkhnechonskoe oil-gas condensate field.

A special ramp extension was used to reduce the ramp slope and enable loading/unloading of the non-standard long single-piece cargo. The drilling rig was pulled into the cargo hold by a tractor. Special permissions were obtained in the airports in Novy Urengoy and Mirny for the Antonov’s takeoff and landing. Volga-Dnepr also arranged for necessary terminal services.

The flight was operated for Krasnodar Drilling, a branch of Gazprom Drilling Company, one of Russia’s largest specialists in oil and gas well construction. The customer thanked Volga-Dnepr Airlines for successful delivery of the rig. “Volga-Dnepr team was very professional, diligent and responsive. The aircraft was positioned in time and loading was performed without errors or delays,” said in his letter Acting CEO of Krasnodar Drilling Andrey Tsaryok.

December 2010

Volga-Dnepr delivered gas equipment from Riga (Latvia) to Taraz (Kazakhstan) for the largest international gas pipeline construction project between Kazakhstan and China.

The airline’s IL-76TD-90VD freighter carried an automatic gas control unit made up of several parts, as well as other equipment weighing 25 tons. Special loading equipment was developed by Volga-Dnepr for this shipment, which also used patented loading gear designed and built by the airline for transportation of heavy and oversized cargoes.

December 2008

As part of the Sakhalin-2 project, diving equipment intended to ensure uninterrupted offshore oil and gas production operations was delivered from East Midlands in the UK to Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk, Russia. The 25-tonnes shipment was carried onboard an IL-76TD-90VD aircraft.

May 1996

Volga-Dnepr Airlines wins the British Petroleum tender to deliver oil equipment to Columbia. At the end of the month, the first bulk traffic project had commenced to transport oversize and heavy cargo to the El Yopal mountain airfield. Within two months, the airline had performed 53 flights and delivered 3,750 tons of cargo. The full execution of this program took a number of years.

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