Panalpina’s project move to Patagonia

PUNTA QUILLA, Argentina: Panalpina recently delivered a helideck, generator room and living quarters module from Corpus Christi, TX to Punta Quilla, Argentina for an AM3 offshore platform, part of the Area Magallanes Incremental Project (PIAM).

PIAM is expected to increase the production of natural gas and crude oil from the Magallanes Field in the eastern mouth of the Strait of Magellan, about 2,400 km. south of Buenos Aires.

The move was commissioned by EPC Techint, which provides worldwide engineering, procurement, construction, operation and management for complex, large-scale projects.

The largest piece measured approximately 18 x 20 x 5.3 meters and the total shipment volume was 5,000 freight tons.

Once in Argentina, Panalpina transshipped the equipment onto the Norwegian offshore supply vessel Sophie Siem.

“This operation was special for many reasons: the multinational scope and impact of the project, the kind of equipment moved, the distance from Texas to Patagonia and the remoteness of the destination, to name just a few,” commented Juan Vilariño, Panalpina’s head of Energy and Project Solutions in Argentina and Uruguay.

“It was a pleasure to see our teams in Argentina, Brazil and the United States work hand in hand to coordinate and deliver this shipment, not only meeting our customer’s expectations for the original plan but also offering additional solutions,” he added.