Bolloré Logistics Takes Part in the Azura-Edo IPP Project in Nigeria

April 18th, 2018

The Azura-Edo IPP is a 450MW power station that has been built in Nigeria (Edo State). It is the first phase in a 1,500MW Independent Power Plant facility. The completion of the project two months ahead of schedule (forecasted in July while Taking-Over Date is expected in May) is a major success for all the stakeholders involved in this project.

After over six years in development, construction started on 5 January 2016 and is being led by a consortium of Siemens, one of the world's leading global power companies, and Julius Berger Nigeria, Nigeria's pre-eminent construction firm. Bolloré Logistics started International Freight Forwarding and onshore operations for Siemens in 2016 while the carrying of heavy lifts started in early 2017. The project is now coming to an end, with the start of commercial operation expected in May.

The Bolloré Logistics network took complete care of the transport and logistics aspects of this project, implementing an end-to-end solution from international origins to final site nearby Benin City, through Lagos and Koko Ports. The scope of work included carrying out road surveys and investigations on suitable entry port, mobilization of dedicated handling equipment and man power, unloading of cargo from vessel, customs clearance, transport in escorted convoys and skidding and positioning onto final foundations. Our teams also arranged engineer studies of the bridges en-route, which led to their substantial enforcement. They also arranged road improvements prior to the first move of cargo in order to allow delivery of the equipment in best conditions.

Heavy lift cargo, weighing up to 221 tons, included gas turbines, generators and transformers. They were moved to the delivery site thanks to dedicated modular trailers on the 81 kilometers between the port of Koko and the jobsite near Benin City. The shipment also included break bulk, conventional and containerized cargo comprising of silo combustors, steel structure, Power Control Center units and general goods from several international origins (Thailand, Turkey and Belgium). They were dispatched in more than 700 containerized cargos accounting for more than 31,000 CBM.

In the scope of such a heavy project, our operational teams demonstrated best level of reactivity to overcome the complexity of equipment transportation (bridge crossing, avoiding or moving electrical lines, etc.) and to anticipate all factors susceptible to create delays. Our QHSE department was also heavily involved in operations. Additionally, since the end of 2017, drastic use of express services via airfreight was made to match urgent requests and needs from the jobsite.

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