Ruslan uplifts stripping tower to Kurdish oilfield

Ruslan International demonstrated its expertise in heavy and outsize air cargo recently, with the airlift of a 70 tonne piece of oil and gas equipment to Iraq, which was negotiated and overseen by its US representative in Houston, Volga-Dnepr Unique Air Cargo (VDUAC).


Ruslan uplifts stripping tower to Kurdish oilfield


Ruslan International demonstrated its expertise in heavy and outsize air cargo recently, with the airlift of a 70 tonne piece of oil and gas equipment to Iraq, which was negotiated and overseen by its US representative in Houston, Volga-Dnepr Unique Air Cargo (VDUAC).

Ruslan International, in conjunction with Volga-Dnepr Engineering Logistics Centre, transported an oil refinery stripping tower from Bakersfield, California to Erbil, Iraq. This is an operation that many believed simply was not possible due the sheer length of the cargo and the fact that it needed to be transported in one single piece. The lift, performed by one of Ruslan International’s 17-strong fleet of AN-124-100 aircraft, was the culmination of more than a month of meticulous planning, drawing on more than 25 years of expertise in logistics, engineering and design.

Perhaps the biggest challenge associated with the lift was the fact that the piece of cargo, measuring 38.4 m x 3.7 m x 3.7 m, was technically longer than the cargo floor of the AN-124-100 by almost 2 m.

Adding to the complexity, the ultimate goal was to transport the tower as it was constructed, without cutting it to reduce length or removing any protruding pieces so as to save valuable time and maintain the integrity of the tower. Consideration also had to be given to the fact that the tower had no authorised attachment or lifting points on it – nor had it any loading technologies attached to it to facilitate transport or loading.