Chapman Freeborn India has coordinated the air transportation of three mega transformers from Delhi to Kabul, as part of the high-profile project to provide electricity to the Afghan capital’s three million inhabitants.

The operation involved AN-124 aircraft, and represents one of the heaviest cargo lifts ever undertaken at Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL).

The movement of the three 64 ton 40-MVA transformers was arranged on behalf of Agility Logistics.

Chapman Freeborn’s Delhi office provided three AN-124 charters and were present to oversee the loading of the pieces. The scale of the task at hand required special clearances to be made at Kabul Airport (KBL), where parking and handling capabilities for a cargo movement of this size is limited.

The air charter option was preferred over sea and land routes to avoid delays and to minimise the risk of the cargo becoming a possible target for militants.

The World Bank and a number of international governments have undertaken the task of bringing electricity to Afghanistan. The transformers will form part of an Indian led sub-station project in Kabul, built to replace an inefficient diesel generator system.

Vikramjit Aluhwalia, managing director of Chapman Freeborn India said:
‘To flawlessly execute this high-profile and challenging project demonstrates the heavy lift expertise and professionalism of Chapman Freeborn.’