Air Partner delivers power to Madagascar

Air Partner, working on behalf of Madauto, successfully helped to prevent a total power blackout in the Madagascan town of Toamasina by delivering a fullyintegrated 7,500 kVA standby power system supplied by Cummins Power Generation.


Air Partner delivers power to Madagascar


Air Partner, working on behalf of Madauto, successfully helped to prevent a total power blackout in the Madagascan town of Toamasina by delivering a fullyintegrated 7,500 kVA standby power system supplied by Cummins Power Generation. The densely populated area was suff ering from an energy shortfall in late 2014, but proactive action from local stakeholders and fast turnaround times from Cummins and Air Partner ensured the ongoing provision of power to the community.

The system was uplifted in Dubai to withstand the high humidity of Madagascar’s east coast, with components sourced from the Cummins UK factory in Kent. The aircraft charter was arranged by Air Partner’s offi ce in Paris, which provided a door-to-door service; this involved arranging the transport to collect the cargo from the Cummins warehouse, sorting customs and documentation, and organising a crane to lift and load the generator sets onto the aircraft.

After landing in Madagascar’s capital, Antananarivo, the cargo was directly loaded onto flatbed trucks to complete the fi nal 500km leg of the journey. A special ceremony featuring a number of highranking dignitaries from the Madagascan government was held in celebration of the swift arrival of the much-needed power system.

“Th is job would have been difficult under normal circumstances, but the time constraints made it even more so,” said Thierry Zemouli, freight manager for Air Partner France. “We are delighted that the long hours and hard work put in by both the Air Partner and Cummins teams paid off and we were able to deliver the power system in time to prevent a blackout for the people of Toamasina.”