Antonov Charter

We were asked by one of our clients to help with their construction of the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan pipeline. We have a long standing relationship, which has meant providing support for many similar projects and comprehensive solutions to any problems or issues raised along the way.

We were able to supply a wide range of products in this instance, which included cable, geotextiles and gabions. The supporting infrastructure was also catered for, which involved the supply and installation of accommodation, ablution, office blocks and restoration equipment for the construction crew. Every aspect was considered in fine detail such as air conditioning and consumables, even pool tables were provided for recreation.

During construction, the local government imposed a new requirement. The pipeline needed to be capable of preventing a full bore rupture as a result of mechanical interference, in the event of a security breach. We formulated a rapid response solution that was able to be manufactured immediately, meeting the given deadline.

As time was short, selecting the quickest possible delivery method was paramount. Air freight was the obvious choice, but due to the sheer size of the goods we agreed to charter an Antonov aircraft.

The photographs below show the containers being loaded into the cargo bay, just before takeoff: