Project-critical cargo shipped to Kurdistan

Some of the most critical items for a major energy project in the Kurdistan region of Iraq are currently being shipped to one of the world’s largest unexplored onshore hydrocarbon basins.

The project comprises an estimated 50,000 freight tonnes of equipment for the construction of a central processing facility.

Regional instability has led to a significant downturn in the number of similar schemes in the area, making the success of this project all the more vital. Despite these issues, the logistics supply chain has been particularly effective and free of delay.

The cargo from worldwide origins is being transhipped via ports in Turkey, where it has to be temporarily cleared under a tax exemption scheme. This is being closely monitored by Trans Global Projects.

The journey to Kurdistan, overseen by the Trans Global Projects offices in Erbil, Kurdistan, then continues by land, where trucking of oversized items has to be carefully planned and engineered as the site is in a mountainous region with narrow and potentially dangerous roads which are made all the more treacherous by extremes of weather.

So far, the largest individual items transported over the 900km land route to the site were the control room buildings, that were each 25.6m x 5.3m x 4.25m (LWH) and weighed 64mt, however Trans Global Projects has previously moved items as wide as 5.80m and as high as 5.15m high along the same route.

The project is expected to be complete by March 2016, with initial production anticipated at 30,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day once operations are under way.