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DEL SUR, Bolivia: September 20, 2017. Geodis is in the process of delivering 14 industrial gas turbines, 11 steam turbines and additional Siemens equipment for Bolivia's national electricity grid.

Geodis delivers Siemens to Bolivia 1A total of 400 shipments, including Siemens combined cycle power generation equipment, are destined for three Bolivian thermo electric plants in Del Sur, Warnes and Entre Rios.

The first two turbines, weighing a total of 170 tons, left the port of Norrköping, Sweden in April for the 14,000 kilometers voyage to the port of Arica, Chile via the Panama Canal. After discharge the turbines, heat recovery steam generators and generator sets were trucked over 1,100 miles to the three sites in Bolivia.

Geodis is responsible for the project's door-to-door transit including all ocean freight, port handling, vessel loading and discharge, documentation - and trucking over the Andes at altitudes of 15,000 feet.

The company will manage 94 heavylift moves of up to 160 tons each by the time the project is completed in April 2019 - with the main challenge being the poor road network between Chile and Bolivia coupled with extreme weather conditions.

Peter Anetsberger, Geodis regional segment leader for Power at Industrial Projects in Europe, says the project combines a tight delivery schedule with shipments originating in Germany, Sweden, the Czech Republic, Italy, Indonesia, Brazil and China.

"Plus, we had to undertake roadway construction on the transit route through the Andes," he notes.

Once completed, the three power plants will increase Bolivia's National Interconnected System by 66 percent, or more than one Gigawatt, to produce reliable local energy as well as electricity exports to neighboring countries.

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