May 4 - A wellhead control panel and hydraulic power unit with a combined weight of 17 tonnes has been delivered by Volga-Dnepr Airlines to Singapore on behalf of Pentagon Freight Services.

The WCP and HPU form part of the contract awarded by Det norske to SMOE, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Sembcorp Marine for the engineering, procurement and construction of the Process, Drilling and Quarters Platform (pdQ) topside to be installed in the Ivar Aasen development in the North Sea.

One of Volga-Dnepr's IL-76TD-90VD freighter aircraft operated the flight to Singapore from Stavanger in Norway.

The flight called upon the expertise of Volga-Dnepr's Engineering and Logistics Centre (ELC), which conducted site surveys in Stavanger to determine safe stowage compliance of both units, which involved the manufacturing of additional restraining points. The ELC project team produced technical drawings, road transportation, crane services and customs formalities to provide a seamless movement of cargo from factory to aircraft. The entire operation was conducted under the vigilance of Pentagon's representatives from London and Stavanger.

Gary Provins from Pentagon's head office in the UK who supervised the loading said: "The latest flight with Volga-Dnepr was the first whereby Pentagon outsourced 'value added services' to Volga's Engineering & Logistics Centre."