March 9 - Members of the Project Professionals Group (PPG) have teamed up to deliver a consignment of 18 transformers and associated equipment to remote desert locations along the Libyan, Tunisian and Algerian borders.

The joint project involved transportation to Sétubal in Portugal and Tarragona in Spain and then shipping to the Libyan port of Misurata.

PPG member for Belgium, Polytra NV co-ordinated the project on behalf of Siemens Belgium with the help of fellow PPG members Alship Navegação in Portugal, and Roland Spedition GmbH in Libya. For Polytra this was the second large project for Siemens to Libya.

The total weight of the cargo was over 60.9 tonnes and was required at power stations in Ghadames, Derj, Sinwawin, Nalut and Al-Sawia. The last shipment is scheduled this month. 

PPG general manager Kevin Stephens said the project demonstrated excellent teamwork to complete a challenging project.

"I would like to congratulate PPG members on again demonstrating the value of utilising their specialist skills and drawing on an international network that is dedicated to working together to meet the needs of clients who seek solutions to complex logistical tasks.

"The project team overcame significant challenges to remain within budget and ensured safe and timely transportation to remote desert sites with temperatures over 40 degrees and no signs of civilisation."