Lynden moves turbines for Doyon’s milestone project
Wed, Jan 10, 2024
Lynden has been a preferred carrier for Doyon, Limited for many years, so when the company needed assistance with its renewable energy improvements at the North Slope, it turned to the Lynden companies.
This fall, Doyon installed the first ever wind turbines at its Doyon Drilling pad in Deadhorse, AK. The two 100kW wind turbines will provide supplemental power to Doyon Drilling’s warehouse and offset the company’s electricity usage.
Based on wind data history in the area, it estimates an average daily output of 1,440 kilowatt-hours from both wind turbines. This output would normally require the consumption of 100 gallons of diesel.
"This project is the first of its kind on the North Slope," said Andrew Honea, Doyon Drilling President and General Manager. "I’m proud that Doyon Drilling is part of this monumental milestone. The wind turbine project is part of Doyon’s sustainability initiative and aligns directly with our corporate value of long-term sustainability. Doyon would like thank all subcontractors, like Lynden, who helped make this project successful."
According to Lynden Transport’s Vice President of Alaska Sales Paul Friese, the turbines were shipped from Italy to the Port of New York in four 40-foot containers. "They were source loaded in Italy for quality assurance and unloaded only at the installation site on the North Slope," he explains. "Logistics Coordinators Rosalia Alexander and Silverio Gonzalez in National Dispatch did a great job coordinating the Port of New York portion of this move. They lined up trucks to get the wind turbines to Tacoma for the voyage to Alaska. We’ve been working with Doyon on this project for over a year, and it was nice to see it finally come together."
This project is just one of many Lynden has handled over the years on the North Slope. In 2021, an essential piece of equipment for Conoco’s Drill Rig #26, nicknamed the Beast, required delivery to Prudhoe Bay in record time to beat spring breakup of the ice roads. Doyon Drilling called on Lynden to move three oversized loads from Calexico, CA to the drill site of Alpine on the North Slope.
One load was almost 63 feet long riding on a 53-foot step stretch trailer that was stretched to 76 feet. The other two measured 56 and 57 feet long respectively. Despite the incredible challenges, the loads were delivered via ice road by the deadline.
"We are grateful for our long-standing relationship with Doyon," Paul says, "and we look forward to working together on future projects."