Volga-Dnepr Airlines Completes AeroTrans Cargo Project for Yamal LNG
Russian-based Volga-Dnepr Airlines recently operated two flights delivering 130 tonnes of industrial equipment for one of the biggest gas recovery projects in the world, Yamal LNG. Both fights operated from Novy Urengoy to Sabetta in Russia.
A Russian logistics company, AeroTrans Cargo requested the transportation project, the company has previously managed the air transportation of over 3,500 tonnes of equipment using the Volga-Dnepr Airlines unique IL-76TD-90VD and An-124-100 freighters.
Each flight was operated during very challenging conditions with temperatures dropping as low as -35° Celsius in the polar region. The equipment being delivered is for the liquefied natural gas plant being built on the Yamal Peninsula in Northwest Siberia.
AeroTrans Cargo LLC Director, Alexander Supichenko highlighted, “Taking into consideration such difficult operating conditions, we could only turn to real professionals. We have been working with Volga-Dnepr Airlines since 2015 and have witnessed the vast capabilities of their aircraft and experienced specialists. Our company is the contractor to one of the world’s largest oil and gas projects so it is essential for us to meet the terms of our responsibilities and provide continuous equipment supplies to the production site of the Yamal LNG plant.”
Two flights were used during the project with the first flight carrying 70 tonnes of equipment to Sabetta International Airport, after a very efficient and rapid unloading, the ‘Ruslan’ aircraft returned Novy Urengoy load the remaining 60 tonnes of equipment for delivery the following day.
Volga-Dnepr Airlines General Director, Mikhail Smirnykh stated, “In the course of such deliveries, every single detail is of high importance: loading equipment, qualified crew members, full coordination with the customer regarding provision of the cargo to the airport, the arrangement of powerful cranes, low bed trailers and the performing of loading/offloading by the airline’s certified staff. Volga-Dnepr Airlines is widely experienced in providing transportation services under the conditions of the polar and permafrost regions. For example, last year we carried out 20 flights to Baffinland, Canada. This year, in cooperation with AeroTrans Cargo, we are proud to be continuing our support of the major infrastructure project for the new gas processing plant on the Yamal Peninsula.”