The wind turbine that I ordered from France before leaving for Timbuktu arrived in Bamako, after a month’s delay.
I have to leave my patients and travel immediately to the capital in order to clear it from customs and organize its transportation to Timbuktu.
The turbine is 600 kg of iron and steel, with 12-meter masts and a wheel of 3 meters in diameter. I bought it from Ecolab Energiesâ€”the best model, with all the options: ladder, the work platform, the system that blocks the wheel to the ground, etc.
I am very lucky, because Tahara’s brother, Mulay Haidara, is an important customs official, and he helped me get clearance for the material in no time.
The nasty surprise is that the wheel was damaged in shipping. I am astonished that the manufacturer did not provide packaging for such an important piece of the turbine.
The iron beams, which I had painted at great cost, were not even protected with a bit of cardboard, and the paint is all damaged.
I will have to explain to the manufacturer how important packaging is for shipments of such important and delicate components.
I would at least have put some wood triangles between the spokes of the wheel to protect it from the inevitable shocks during this kind of transportation. It’s such an easy thing to do and not expensive.
The manufacturer wanted to save on the packaging, and now the cost of repair is mine. I’m a bit disheartened.
I have sent all the material to Timbuktu by truck to be stored safely in a warehouse.