transformers in Katanga Province

Polytra Delivers DRC Transformers

Project cargo handler Polytra has delivered two oversized electrical transformers to Lubumbashi Katanga Province in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

The transformers were transported and installed at substations for the national grid. The largest of the two was a 150 mega-volt ampere unit that weighed 85 tonnes while the other was a 50 mega-volt ampere unit that weighed 58 tonnes.

Both units were shipped from Mumbai on board a roll-on, roll-off vessel and transshipped in Jeddah to the port of Durban, South Africa. From there a project team from Polytra oversaw the 2,950-kilometer road transport to Lubumbashi Katanga.

“Polytra did encounter several obstacles, such as bad roads due to the hefty rainy season, red tape challenges, narrow entry and very sharp curves, but at the end all hindrances were conquered,” a spokesperson for Polytra said.

Polytra is a member of the Worldwide Project Consortium, or WWPC, a global network connecting breakbulk firms around the world. The WWPC grants exclusive membership for one company per country or designated area in larger continents.

 Photo: The cargo in transit to Lubumbashi Katanga Province. Credit: WWPC

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