Mammoet has transported power plant equipment from the port of Takoradi in Ghana to Ouagadougou in Burkina Faso – covering a distance of 1,400 km.

The equipment, which was manufactured by Germany-based MAN Energy Solutions, consisted of three 325-tonne engines; three 59-tonne generators; two 80-tonne transformers; and three 16-tonne turbo chargers.

Mammoet was contracted for the move by the Burkina Faso office of Fracht France, a branch of Fracht Group. The cargo was for the Kossodo thermal power plant project, which forms part of Burkina Faso’s National Plan for Economic and Social Development, as it aims to increase electricity access in the region.

According to Mammoet, the local infrastructure was not built to move such cargo dimensions and weights. It had to negotiate potholes along the roads, overhead power lines and several structurally deficient bridges.

As a result, the project team had lift over 1,000 overhead power lines during the transport both in Ghana and Burkina Faso. The company also had to collaborate with the Ghana Highway Authorities, Police, and Ghana’s Electricity Company, to perform road modifications and bridge reinforcements in advance.

Additionally, due to Covid-19 travel restrictions a private charter flight was required to mobilise crew and the relevant transport permits were arranged.

The equipment will be installed at the Kossodo thermal power plant in Burkina Faso using Mammoet’s jacking and skidding systems.