ATG Rail Group wins contract to deliver 600,000 tonnes of freight to Russia

By James Henderson
VTG Rail Logistics has been commissioned by Linde Group to transport some 600,000 tonnes of freight across Russia for a large-scale project. One of the...

VTG Rail Logistics has been commissioned by Linde Group to transport some 600,000 tonnes of freight across Russia for a large-scale project.

One of the world’s largest natural gas processing plants is currently under construction in the Amur region of Russia. The Linde Group is responsible for engineering and procuring the NGL, NRU and HE units for ethane and nitrogen extraction, as well as for purifying and liquefying helium.

VTG will transport the large-scale Asian and European-built plant components, which are needed to construct the new units, to the construction site in the Amur region.

By 2023, VTG will have organized the transportation of altogether 600,000 freight tonnes of general cargo and taken on the logistics services worldwide. The contract is being performed by VTG Rail Logistics’ Project Logistics department.

“This is one of the largest and most comprehensive projects in the history of our company,” said Günther J. Ferk, Managing Director of VTG Rail Logistics.

“Everything goes through us – from consulting, to transport planning, right through to coordinating and monitoring the global rail, truck and ship transportation.

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“In addition, VTG is developing its own IT platform for this project, which will monitor the transportation via GPS. It will also be able to call up client and supplier orders, waybills and tracking and tracing data at any time.”

As the individual components are produced in different countries, they are transported to Russia in different ways.

Those coming from Italy, China and Korea, for example, are taken by ship to the Russian port of Vladivostok, where they are then loaded into trucks and transported to the construction site.

Other plant systems produced in Europe are transported by rail, covering around 10,000km, to the Russian loading terminal in Mihajlo-Chesnokovskaja and then by truck to the site. The first shipments have already been carried out successfully.

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