New Very Challenging Operation for the Industrial Project Teams in Europe and Africa
New Very Challenging Operation for the Industrial Project Teams in Europe and Africa

New Very Challenging Operation for the Industrial Project Teams in Europe and Africa

January 25th, 2017

The Industrial Project teams of Bolloré Logistics Germany and Bolloré Transport & Logistics Nigeria were awarded by Siemens*, for the complete transportation and logistics scope of the Azura Edo IPP project in Nigeria.

The project consists of the construction of a 450 MW Gas Turbine Power Station, located in the vicinity of Benin City, approximately 280 kilometers east of Lagos, and the construction period is due run from end of 2016 until early 2018. Total project volumes are estimated to be in excess of 30,000 freight tons. 

The most challenging aspect of the operation involves the transportation of the Gas Turbines, Transformers and Generators, of which the heaviest individual unit weighs 220 tons. The first two heavy lift vessels loaded in Europe in December 2016 just two weeks apart and reached Koko port in January 2017. Koko Port has been very rarely used over the last twenty years and is located 40 km down the Edo Delta. In advance of the arrival of the first vessel a full structural engineering survey and feasibility study was undertaken to ensure that the quay had the strength to hold the 220 ton turbines and load tests were further conducted on the various bridges in between the port and the final site in Benin City.

The first Turbine and Generator were successfully discharged directly onto the modular trailers of Bolloré Transport & Logistics Nigeria and their heavy lift contractor and completed the 80-kilometer journey to the final site just two days after discharge, where they will be eventually offloaded onto the pre-laid foundations at the power plant.

Successful completion of this first vessel has showcased efficient coordination between the Industrial Project teams of Bolloré Logistics Germany and Nigeria which, with the support of the Project Department Africa, Bid Team, the Bolloré Transport & Logistics (HQ) Legal, Insurances and Finance Departments, have successfully achieved the development and execution of what was a very challenging operation.


*About Siemens:
Siemens is a global powerhouse positioned along the electrification value chain – from power generation, transmission and distribution to smart grid solutions and the efficient application of electrical energy – as well as in the areas of medical imaging and laboratory diagnostics. Siemens operates in more than 200 countries with a workforce of 351,000 employees.

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