Volga-Dnepr flies project cargo to Oman for Canadian partner
Volga-Dnepr Airlines, the specialist in outsized and super heavy transportation by air, partnered up with Pentagon Freight Services Canada to deliver project cargo for an Omani oil and gas development.
Pentagon Freight Services engaged Volga-Dnepr to deliver the two gigantic oil well rigs to the capital of Oman.
The partnership handled the complex delivery of the two advanced automated well service rigs, weighing almost 120 tons, overcoming many challenging aspects of loading and required detailed & complex computer modelling to ensure they were safely loaded for transportation.
The 6-leg flight, lasting five 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.
The 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.
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, noted that the company has supported the oil and gas sector for over three decades.
“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,” Andreeva said.
For the first six months of 2021 Volga-Dnepr Airlines has transported over 900 tons of oil and gas equipment, cooperating with the leading experts in this area to get the sophisticated cargo on time to the production sites.