Multifaceted Solution Provides Seamless and Early Delivery of Eight Mega Wind Turbines
A Fortune 500 global power company needed to transport eight massive wind turbines from a laydown yard near Kalaeloa Barbers Point Harbor on the South Shore of Oahu to build a wind farm off the North Shore of Oahu. They were looking for partners with knowledge and experience executing these types of projects in a safe and expedited manner.
Anderson Trucking Service (ATS) provided a multifaceted transportation solution that required extensive coordination to complete the project seamlessly.
Shipping to Hawaii is different than shipping to the other 49 states. It starts with being 2,500 miles from anywhere and the challenges continue once there. There are delivery route obstacles, roadway and site accessibility issues and infrastructure interferences. Plus, everything needs to be approved by the Hawaii Department of Transportation (HDOT).
Meticulous Planning to Ensure a Safe Delivery
Work on a wind project begins long before turbine installation takes place. In 2015, ATS’ experts in international and project shipping first learned of the Na Pua Makani project when three original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), two developers and two contractors came out to the market with requests for quotation (RFQs). This was the beginning of a multi-year process in which ATS coordinated with the OEMs, developers, numerous other subcontractors, as well as several municipal and state agencies on the project.
During the RFQ process, ATS needed to provide comprehensive proposals in order to package and provide the requested entry and all-inclusive quotation. Each ATS department was responsible for a variety of pricing components to ensure it appropriately satisfied the statement of work (SOW) in the RFQ.
In the early part of 2018, the developers had an approved power purchase agreement (PPA) with the state of Hawaii and the OEM, and the specific turbine type was finalized.
Midway through 2018, ATS was contracted to send a technical adviser to Hawaii to perform a comprehensive route survey and identify the challenges and remediation work required to ensure the safe delivery of components to the project site. The size of the turbine components made this process especially tedious and challenging, as these would be the largest loads ever transported on the island.