Van der Vlist recently successfully arranged the shipment of electricity power cables from Europe to Africa.
Our client Switchgear Company urgently required 16 reels of transmission cables to be delivered to Chad. The country’s power utility, National Electricity Company (SNE), is rehabilitating generation assets, for which the cables are required to help improve supply. Switchgear Company achieved a good position in this market, thanks to projects supported by Flanders investment and trade.
Dedicated space on board
Van der Vlist contracted an air charter broker to expedite the cables from Paris-Vatry airport direct to N’djamena. With time of the essence and limited cost-effective air charter options available. Van der Vlist, in close cooperation with our air charter broker, secured dedicated space on board Astral Aviation’s Boeing 747-400 freighter. To enable the plane to depart on schedule, time management was of great importance during the entire project. Van der Vlist aligned all involved parties and customs clearance and freight facilitation operations were arranged. The shipment arrived in Paris straight from Greece, transported on four separate vehicles.
16 km of cable
The 16 reels weighed five tons each and collectively amounted to around 16 km of cable. At Paris-Vatry airport the reels were carefully loaded, under the watchful eye of the plane’s loadmasters, before the dedicated charter aircraft took off for N’Djamena International Airport. Operations took place at Paris-Vatry airport under supervision of a Van der Vlist project manager.
Van der Vlist looks back on a smoothly executed project and a great cooperation with all parties involved.