Volga-Dnepr helps Pentagon Freight Services in major Omani oil and gas project shipment

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Volga-Dnepr helps Pentagon Freight Services in major Omani oil and gas project shipment


Volga-Dnepr Airlines has 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, 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 and complex computer modelling to ensure they were safely loaded for transportation. The six-leg flight, lasting five days, was organised from Calgary, Canada to Muscat, Oman aboard one of Volga-Dnepr’s modernised An-124-150 which has an extended payload carrying up to 150 tonnes 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 specialised 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.

Adrian Pruden, vice-president of Pentagon Freight Services Canada praised Volga-Dnepr and their operations and flight crew for the smooth seamless operation. “Pentagon and Highwood Technologies were very pleased and fortunate to work alongside such industry experts to properly plan and execute such a time sensitive project. Another well executed job by Volga-Dnepr and we look forward to the next one!”

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.”

For the first six months of 2021 Volga-Dnepr Airlines has transported over 900 tonnes of oil and gas equipment, cooperating with the leading experts in this area to get the sophisticated cargo on time to the production sites. Since 1990, Volga-Dnepr’s experts have been advancing oil and gas logistics, offering delivery options for upstream, midstream, and downstream loads.