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The time aspect was the major advantage of rail over ship or road transport. It would have taken two to three weeks before the special vehicles for a road transport could begin the trip. A ship would have taken even longer, says Ritschel. “We would have had to travel through the Indian Ocean, the Suez Canal, the Black Sea, and the Caspian Sea. Then, we would have had to get as close as possible to Kazakhstan by rivers and canals, and then go the rest of the way by truck.” The trip would have taken at least six weeks. The decisive factor is time The cost aspect was secondary to transport time and safety in the decision for rail transport. For the transport of such long units by road, logisticians have to use expensive special-purpose vehicles with features such as remote-controlled steerable rear axles. The number of obstacles within the road infrastructure, such as moving street signs or crash-barriers, would be considerably lower than in Central Europe, however, because the area to be passed through in China is sparsely populated. As such, there are No expensive supports; just simply secured cradles. That also contributed to the low cost of rail transport. ISO/TS16949 FELLER MAGTECH CORPORATION PROFESSIONAL MANUFACTURER OF PERMANENT MAGNETS AND MAGNETIC SOLUTIONS SINCE 1997 www.fellermagnets.com NdFeB Permanent Magnets Magnetic Module for Wind Power Small Wind Generator North Yanhe Road, Sanhe Economic Development Zone, Huiyang District Huizhou City, PC 516213, Guangdong Province (China) T +86-752-3273937 or 3273932 * F +86-752-3273938 or 3273912 chris_gao@fellermagnets.com Wind Edition 39


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