Volga-Dnepr Airlines, the acknowledged leader in providing outsized and super-heavy transportation by air, recently played an essential part in the implementation of the large-scale Omani Oil and Gas project with a smooth and seamless delivery of two gigantic oil well rigs to the capital of Oman.
The complex delivery for two advanced automated well service rigs, weighing almost 120 tons, was accomplished in partnership with Pentagon Freight Services Canada Ltd., who engaged Volga-Dnepr for a timely and efficient logistics solution to meet the end user’s stringent delivery time whilst overcoming many challenging aspects of loading and required detailed & complex computer modeling to ensure they were safely loaded for transportation. The 6-leg flight, lasting 5 days, was organized from Calgary (Canada) to Muscat (Oman) aboard one of Volga-Dnepr’s modernized An-124-150 which has an extended payload-carrying up to 150 tons including loading equipment.
Sophisticated state-of-the-art drilling equipment, which was produced and manufactured within record time by Highwood Equipment Technologies, was loaded onto the An-124-150 with the use of specialized ramp extensions. The advanced automated oil well rigs are to be used in partnership with Al Shawamikh Oil Services within the Petroleum Development Oman’s (PDO) assigned concession areas of Bahla and Adam in North Oman.
Ekaterina Andreeva, Commercial Director of Volga-Dnepr Airlines, highlights: ‘For more than three decades, we have supported customers from the Oil and Gas sector, offering customized solutions and masterminding complex project shipments. Amid the pandemic, we have seen a significant reduction in this sector due to local restrictions and slowing down of production rates, and we are more than happy to work on another challenging project with our long-standing global partner, Pentagon Freight Services, as we have done throughout 20 years of our fruitful cooperation.’