Case Study

aviation logistics

Demobilisation of a remote aircraft operations base and passenger handling facility

The Trans Global Projects Group was in charge of the decommission and removal of all infrastructure, engineering facilities, stores and support services for a remote aircraft operations base and passenger handling facility in South East Asia.

The project comprised a multitude of shipments. A total of 27 demountable buildings and workshops, ten storage containers, fuel, oil and chemical storage areas as well as an equipment maintenance facility had to be demobilised. Furthermore, the project comprised two aircraft and 138 tonnes of ground handling and support equipment. TGP was also responsible for the demobilisation of 14,000 stock keeping units (SKU) maintenance stores and the environmental restoration of the site.

The main challenges were the extremely short l time-line and the fact the base was fully operational, in  that 70% of the infrastructure was  removed only in the final three days.

The site had been active for 20 years before it was demobilised, which had led to the development of complex ground services.  Limited local infrastructure and restricted access due to adjacent site developments created  additional challenging conditions.

However, everything went according to plan. TGP’s experts prepared a demobilisation plan, which comprised numerous activities. Furthermore, the environmental assessment of the site was a key issue. TGP’s team  started with the full identification of all equipment, materials and buildings and assessed the plant and equipment locally available. They then proceeded with the design and provision of specialised equipment that was not locally available. This included jacking and lifting equipment, packing materials, tooling and transport. Non-critical assets, buildings and services in phases were then removed prior to the final demobilisation and dismantling of site equipment.

The preparation of final shipping and customs documents and the cleaning and packing of all materials and equipment was made before  shipments began. Thereafter, the removal of all ground services, power, water and sanitation was carried out. The demolition and removal of permanent storage facilities and all buildings and stores formed the final part of the demobilisation.

Once the packing was completed and the shipments on their way to  various global locations, the removal of the top soil and restoration of site to original condition was carried out.

Despite the remote location, lack of locally available infrastructure and time constraints, TGP completed the project ahead of schedule and the site was fully returned to its original condition.