Volga-Dnepr brings power to Zimbabwe

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Volga-Dnepr Gulf has brought power to Zimbabwe by transporting a 200MW diesel-fuelled power plant to Harare for power provider Aggreko.

Ruslan International, the Antonov AN-124 joint venture between Volga-Dnepr Airlines and Antonov, was contracted to fly the 79 tonne shipment with Volga-Dnepr Gulf providing a full logistics support on the ground.

The bulk of the equipment was shipped by sea and road from various hubs around the world but airfreight was considered the only option for transporting the switchgear equipment from Dubai, which is used to safely connect power generating equipment to the national grid and prevent short circuits and damage to the generators.

The equipment contained nine pieces of up to four metres in height, and Volga-Dnepr Gulf’s first recommendation was to modify the frames for the switchgear equipment to ensure the cargo could be loaded and unloaded safely.

Volga-Dnepr arranged the collection of the cargo from the Jebel Ali Free Zone and organised two 50-tonne capacity cranes to load the cargo onboard the AN-124-100 Freighter, and its team took care of all export documentation, customs clearance, airport terminal cargo handling and airport permits for the cranes.

Ruslan International and Volga-Dnepr completed all the required processes within five days with the support of the Dubai World Central (DWC) airport authority.