DAKO returns to Liberia
Almost a decade after its initial delivery, DAKO Worldwide Transport returned to Liberia to finish the job. The company concluded the delivery of ten Caterpillar engines from the Port of Buchanan to the Tokadeh iron ore mine in Yekepa, Liberia.
These engines will be used for the construction of an 80 MW power plant which is part of a large expansion project of the Tokadeh mine.
Nine years ago in 2014, DAKO shipped these exact engines from Germany to Liberia and now the company returned to the country to finish the job. At the time, a large Ebola outbreak in the region put the project on hold.
Returning back to the country, DAKO mobilised its own 20-axle hydraulic Goldhoffer trailer from Senegal in order to execute the transports as there is a lack of special equipment in the area.
Due to challenging road conditions in the remote north of the country, it was decided to transport the engines and alternators over a distance of 200 km by rail up to the mining site. To make this happen, two heavy-duty railcars belonging to the project owner were utilized. The railway transport concept was proven to be successful, especially since the project was partly executed during the rainy season. It helped to overcome the infrastructure challenges.
DAKO’s scope of work included the complete transport and loading operation, along with the delivery of the engine foundation. The company used its own jack and slide system to perform the foundation delivery.