ENERGY AND RENEWABLES PROJECT LOGISTICS

Currently, energy is a constantly increasing industry in Vietnamese complex environment. As a developing country, Vietnam economy continues to expand its production facilities to meet growing demand. Thus, the number of energy projects around Vietnam is constantly increasing. Energy projects include a mix of both established and fast-developing technologies. These include oil & gas, hydroelectricity, wind power, solar power, thermal plant, coal plant, trash-to-energy, substation, … Each system has its own unique construction challenges and opportunities to increase the efficiency and overall cost-effectiveness of a project by planning for scale and modularization. Reducing construction and installation time shortens time to market, bringing power sources online more swiftly and bringing forward returns on investment. Whatever the field of expertise, aging infrastructures,
transforming energy sector with advanced technologies and the changing of Vietnam power development plan 8 are all driving forward the development of these power plant construction logistics projects more challenges. Energy logistics projects need to synchronize the supply of equipment from a wide range of sources local and abroad to potentially remote areas whilst paying relentless attention to safety, regulatory compliance and the environment.

off-loading over-weight cargo at hon la port
Off-loading over-weight cargo at Hon La port.

In many energies plant projects, large and heavy items including turbines, generators or entire pre-assembled structures housing all components are installed. Because new power generation technologies are involved, operations often take place in unusual circumstances with unique challenges. For example, during one recent advanced on shore wind power project in the middle of Vietnam, engineers had to transport 12 biggest wind turbines in Vietnam thus far, with 76.293 meter-long blades, and the tower bottom is 5.534 meters in diameter, in a 1-month time frame for a distance of over 227 km from Hon La port to the substation near the construction site, while safely managing the impacts of steep gradients, long bridges, wind and rainy season.

off-loading over-sized cargo at south van phong port
Off-loading over-sized cargo at South Van Phong port.

PPL has strategic hubs located around Vietnam, such as: Hai Phong, Ha Tinh, Dong Nai, Da Nang, Ho Chi Minh city, Ba Ria – Vung Tau, all of which have warehouses, secure yards and loading equipment operating 24/7. With our nationwide network, we can offer you transport to any destination in Vietnam, including door-to-door delivery and multimodal transport. Whether you need to deliver an entire wind farm to site or want to manage the logistics for spare parts for offshore oil and gas skids, we can help.

PPL strictly complies with all QHSE standards: ISO 45001:2018, ISO 14001:2015 and ISO 9001:2015 certifications with employee awareness and training programs; ongoing measures to limit the impact of our activities on the environment. Our dedicated and experienced team provides full project management, planning and execution nationwide. And our QHSE quality assurance system is your guarantee that we will supply the service and quality you require. We provide reliable, cost-effective solutions, including risk assessments and operational manuals tailored to your requirements and the specific operation.

ppl’s toolbox meeting strictly complies with all qhse standards
PPL’s toolbox meeting strictly complies with all QHSE standards.

Energy cargo can be bulky and in the majority of cases requires port to site transportation of a large number of containers from abroad factory to Vietnam construction site or urgent off-shore skids delivery. On average, such projects take a year to come to fruition due to the socioeconomic, environmental and governmental factors involved. Most cases require specialist project cargo handling, which specializes in the transport of industrial projects involving oversized and heavy cargo.

complete transportation for amaccao wind farm 1
Complete transportation for Amaccao Wind farm 1.
  • Some typical of energy plant transportation projects we have handled in Vietnam are:
  • Wind turbines transportation 
  • Oil & Gas Skid load-out
  • Hydroelectric: The energy obtained by harnessing kinetic energy and the potential from water flow, waterfalls and tides. A hydraulic turbine converts the energy of flowing water into mechanical energy. A hydroelectric generator converts this mechanical energy into electricity. The basic elements required to convert the energy are: hydroelectric turbines and generators.
bung river hydroelectric power plant logistics project
Bung River hydroelectric power plant logistics project.
  • Solar energy: is obtained on Earth from the sun’s radiation. The sun’s heat and light are captured via photovoltaic cells, heliostats or thermal collectors which convert them into electricity or thermal energy. The main elements of a solar farm are: photovoltaic modules or solar/thermal panels, cabling, inverters, batteries, charge controller.
  • Thermal power plants: also called combustion power plants, they operate with energy produced by a steam boiler fueled by coal, natural gas, heating oil, as well as garbage (in trash-to-energy plant). The steam activates a turbine which, in turn, drives an alternator to produce electricity.
  • Transformer substation transportation: Transformers with high rated power and for voltages above 123 kV are usually transported without the oil (their tank being filled with nitrogen or dry air), and without the bushings, the conservator and the cooling equipment. Transformers are often used in electrical circuits to change the voltage of electricity flowing through a circuit. Electrical utilities use transformers to change the voltage of electricity as it travels from the power plant to end-users.

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