Volga-Dnepr ensures quick resumption of Russian natural gas plant

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Volga-Dnepr Airlines’ quick response operations for the oil and gas industry were called into action to ensure the urgent repair of a compressor at Russia’s only natural gas liquefaction plant, Sakhalin-2.

The transportation project required operations using both An-124-100 and IL-76TD-90VD freighters from the airline’s fleet to move equipment from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and Moscow to Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk on the Russian island of Sakhalin.

Onboard the IL-76TD-90VD flight from Moscow was a 14 tonne capacity heavy-duty multi-wheel trailer measuring 6x3x1 metres that was used to deliver a new compressor to the Sakhalin-2 site.

This coincided with the arrival of 30 tonnes of special repair equipment carried from Kuala Lumpur on one of Volga-Dnepr’s An-124 freighters to repair the failed compressor.

TGK Logistics organised the flights with Volga-Dnepr and chief executive officer, Alexander Guzenko says: “We had to organise this transportation and logistics solution quickly to ensure that the repair equipment needed to restore production was available at the Sakhalin-2 to minimise the plant’s downtime.

“Once again, thanks to the flawless quality of service offered by Volga-Dnepr Airlines we were able to resolve this urgent issue successfully in a highly time-efficient manner,”

Sakhalin-2 commenced operation after being commissioned in 2009 and has the capacity to produce around 10 million tonnes of liquefied natural gas per year.