The project logistics team at C.H. Robinson are pleased to report one of their largest projects for 2020 – a new wind farm in Kansas which will be completed in a series of phases.
The first phase, which is now completed, involved the transportation of 30 windmill turbine pieces from North Dakota to a yard in Kansas ahead of the frost to avoid potential road restrictions. The loading schedule in North Dakota had multiple variables so precise coordination was vital. This included strong communication with the carriers to track loading activity and transport progress, particularly given difficult weather and road conditions.
Working conditions for the team at both the origin and destination were difficult. Loading in North Dakota was delayed due to extremely cold temperatures and snowy conditions. Additionally, a rapid snow melt in Kansas made offloading tough due to the muddy terrain. Some trucks even required supplementary power to reach their destination.
Despite these issues as well as roadblocks, the team worked to coordinate the arrivals and offloading at different locations in Kansas. On some days, C.H. Robinson had to coordinate staging and offloading of over 20 truckloads in 4 different locations with 4 different crews.
A total of 240 truckloads were used for phase one of this project and the total weight reached 8,775mtn with the largest piece at 65mtn. The C.H. Robinson team expects the next phases of the project to be completed by mid-July.
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