The Africa-based heavylift and project transport division of Steder Group, member to the Worldwide Project Consortium (WWPC) for Djibouti and The Netherlands, successfully completed the transportation of three transformers from the Port of Djibouti to Dallol, Ethiopia.
The weights of the transformers were 2 x 99 tons and 1 x 56 tons. This project was conducted under extreme time pressure but despite this and the challenging road conditions in the region, the transformers were delivered safely.
Dallol is located in the Danakil Depression (Afar Region) in Ethiopia, is the lowest humanitarian place on Earth (130 meter/(430 ft. below sea level) and has the official record of having the highest average temperature in the world (max. 46,7 C). The area is often referred to as the cradle of humanity. In 1974 archaeologists found the remains of famous Lucy, a 3.2 million year old human body.
After transportation to Dallol, sliding & jacking on foundation was successfully completed under extreme temperature conditions.
Ethiopia seeks to increase electricity access, as part of its national plan for economic- and social development. An important step of this plan is to upgrade the Mekele – Dallol transmission which will provide electricity for the potash production and local communities in Dallol.