Transporting oversized wind blades

We are strategic partners of the Clean Energies Industry.

Industry

Energy

Product

Wind blades

Challenge

Coordinating this wind turbine transport as quickly as possible to a wind generator in maintenance.

Origin and destination

It was a domestic project in Nicaragua, running a 129 km (80.2 miles) route to the Eolo wind farm.

Weight and dimensions

45m long x 4.22m wide x 3m high, with 37 Ton and distributed in a set of three special units.

Highlights of the operation

Our teams from xpd global Central America – Industrial Projects managed to achieve, in a short time:

  • designing a special route,
  • getting all the highly specialized machinery to perform complex Tandem lifting maneuvers.
Nossa equipe de projetos industriais em ação executando uma manobra tandem para alçar uma das hélices eólicas a um dos caminhões utilizados no movimento. Leia o artigo completo para conhecer os detalhes da operação.
Our client

The pioneer and global leader in the production of clean energy.

The challenge

The operation was similar to a Time Critical Cargo movement, as it was urgent to replace the damaged giant blades, to ensure that the affected wind turbines could quickly produce clean energy again. Likewise, the entire plan was highly time-sensitive due to the high cost of the wind bladed and the specialized cranes needed.

The solution & our differentiators

At xpd global, we have professionals with a great know how in Industrial Project operations and a growing network of suppliers specialized in the movement of oversized cargo, specially throughout the Latin American region.

This expertise guarantees quality and attention in all the maneuvers of a highly valuable component such as wind turbine blades.

Designing a special route was a key part of the wind blades transportation’s success. In a highly complex logistical operation to transport 45-meter-long blades through Nicaragua’s intricate routes, the highest level of expertise to move oversized cargo is required.

Every detail was carefully considered: avoiding city crossings, analyzing turning radii and heights, adding escorts, and all necessary road permits were obtained to ensure the success of the operation.

Sometimes, choosing the shortest route is not the best option. In our case, driving 378 km instead of 246 km turned out to be the best decision.

In addition, we managed to gather all the highly specialized machinery in time to carry out an operation that involved complex tandem lifting maneuvers, since few units like these are available worldwide.

These maneuvers were successfully executed at origin and destination, with two cranes in synchrony lifting the wind turbine blades to place them on an extendable transport platform.

Nuestro equipo de proyectos industriales en acción con dos grúas para el movimiento tándem de la carga sobredimensionada de aspas eólicas por Nicaragua. Lee nuestro artículo completo para conocer los detalles.
Nossa equipe de projetos industriais em ação executando uma manobra tandem para alçar uma das hélices eólicas a um dos caminhões utilizados no movimento. Leia o artigo completo para conhecer os detalhes da operação.

xpd global, the strategic logistics partner of industrial projects

With a division dedicated to oversized cargo logistics (project cargo), we understand the complexity of each shipment and all the necessary requirements to streamline the transport between the shipper and the consignee.

Advantages of having xpd global as your strategic partner:

  • Own teams in +30 countries, specially throughout Latin America, Europe and Asia
  • Specialized consultancy in complex logistics projects
  • Resource planning and budget calculations
  • On-site studies, route planning and feasibility studies
  • Special cranes, lifting calculations and planning
  • Cargo insurance
  • Customs clearance & documentation
  • A network of expert inspectors
  • Infrastructure damage prevention plans
  • Traceability of each movement

 

Do you have a big challenge (oversized or heavy) on the horizon? Do you need a strategic partner in logistics to coordinate it?

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