UTair - Helicopter Services carried out unique works to replace a gas flare head at Muravlenko Gas Refinery in Yamal-Nenets autonomous district.
A multi-purpose Ka-32 helicopter was used for these works. The installation was performed at the height of 80 meters in two phases. During the first phase the outdated head was removed, and during the second phase a precision installation procedure was used with a set of catching devices to mount an upgraded head unit. Each of the heads weighed around 1.8 tons. their height and diameter were 3.5 meters and 2.1 meters respectively.
This installation was performed by the highly qualified crew of Captain Vladimir Platonov. His record of accomplishments includes implementation of such strategic projects as construction of facilities for Olympics-2014 in Sochi, aviation support of launch of oil loading terminal Gateway to the Arctic in the Kara Sea and other complex aerial works.
The similar projects for replacement of gas flare heads were also performed by UTair - Helicopter Services crews in 2017 in Gubkinskiy Gas-Condensate Facility in Yamal-Nenets autonomous district and on the offshore ice-resistant fixed platform Prirazlomnaya in the shelf of the Pechora Sea.
"All equipment installation works performed with the help of helicopters are unique in terms of complexity and labour inputs. This is a practically exquisite operation, which we thoroughly plan to work out the most optimum solution in terms of safety and efficiency, – noted Andrey Ilmenskiy, Chief Executive Officer of UTair - Helicopter Services. – Safe and precise performance of tasks received from the Customer confirms the Company's reputation as the leading Russian helicopter operator with experience of implementation of exceptionally challenging projects."
UTair - Helicopter Services is the helicopter operator No. 1 in Russia and the largest helicopter company in the world in terms of fleet size and cargo capacity. It is a part of UTair Group and its main helicopter company operating fleet of more than 330 aircraft of various types - mostly Mil family and Airbus Helicopters. The Company's helicopters are supporting its customers in 4 continents. UTair – Helicopter Services fleet capabilities and personnel expertise enable high quality and safety of aerial works of any complexity in any geographical and climatic regions. The helicopter business segment also includes Turukhan Airlines which operates in the Krasnoyarsk Territory, and Vostok Aviation rendering its services in the Far East. In the international markets UTair Group is represented by its subsidiaries: UTair India (India), UTair Europe (Slovakia), Helicopters del Sur (Peru).