At a storage site in Turkey, the engines were initially loaded on three ULUS-type sea-river general cargo vessels, which sailed within a 10-day period to their transit destination in Baku. To discharge the engines in Baku most cost-effectively, TGP chartered the “DB Azerbaijan”, a river vessel with 2,500 t lifting capacity. The distance from Trabzon Turkey to Baku Port via the Volga-Don canal system is about 2,745 km by water.
Due to Azerbaijan’s rugged backcountry, the bulk of the intermodal road and ship transport to Baku was covered by ship. Once the engines arrived in Baku, TGP experts mobilised 16- and 20-axle self-propelled trailers to ship the cargo on its onward journey by truck along the coast of the Caspian Sea to Sangachal, located around 50 km south of the capital city. Discharging of the massive pieces of equipment to stillages on site at the new power plant was performed using a 1,350-t capacity gantry system. Start of operations for the new power plant, which will be integrated into the public power grid, is slated for 2020.
The Trans Global Projects Group has had a presence and team in Azerbaijan and the South Caucasus region of Eurasia since the early 1990s. Colin Charnock, TGP CEO, highlights, “With decades of experience paired with our strong network of partners in the region, TGP has become a trusted partner for clients and companies in the region’s power and gas and oil industries.”