Complicated project transport over the Andes and into Bolivia

Photo of the complicated project over the Andes.

In March 2013, Siemens Industrial Turbomachinery AB had their first of many project transport of gas turbines going from Sweden to Bolivia. The inland transport included passing heights of 4600 meters with temperatures varying from below 15 degrees to plus 30. Roads are only 7.20 meters wide, and all opposing traffic had to be removed since the heavy trucks cannot, under any circumstances, stop during each phase going uphill.

Ninety-five tons of H/L units and over-dimensioned and general cargo were loaded in Norrköping, Sweden and Huston, the US, and shipped to the port of Arica, Chile. A 45-day ocean voyage followed by 30 days and 1700 km by truck over the Andes before arriving at the final destination in southern Bolivia.

Safe transport and thorough documentation

For a complicated transport like that, Siemens, of course, need a partner who can offer safe transport, approved and certified equipment, and documentation of all milestones throughout the operation. By working with us, Siemens has a partner who complies with their needs and goes through every detail of the project, including contracts between all parties involved, to ensure no risk regarding penalties or missed deadlines when carrying out such complicated projects.

Covered by Bolivian television

The project called for constructing and operating a 230 kV power transmission bay in Termoeléctrica del Sur. The power generated from these generators will be used to meet the growing domestic and industrial demand for electricity in Bolivia. To emphasise the importance of the electricity supply, the National Bolivian TV covered the delivery at the construction site with the presence and speech of President Evo Morales.

About Siemens Industrial Turbomachinery

Electrification, automation, and digitalisation are the long-term growth fields of Siemens. The Siemens Power and Gas Division offer a broad spectrum of products and solutions for environmentally compatible and resource-saving power generation, using fossil or renewable fuels for efficient energy production and the reliable transport of oil and gas. Customers are utilities, independent power producers, engineering, procurement, and construction (EPCs) companies and industrial customers, e.g., the oil and gas industry.

We are very satisfied with the way Scan Global planned and performed the shipments from Sweden and the US for these 4 Gas Turbine units and accessories. Thanks to Scan Global's hard work, dedication and extensive knowledge, Siemens could deliver our Gas Turbines to our customer on time.

Erik Lundgren

Procurement Manager, Siemens AB