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  • Welcome to my expedition blog.

    13 January 2009

    Hello, I'm Wim Van Belle, a Schneider Electric employee in Belgium. Together with my colleague Jean Chalon, I will join the next Belare Expedition* (Belgium Antarctic Research Expedition) and leave for Antarctica on January the 23th. During one month,...

  • First days on Antarctica

    02 February 2009

    As a result of the delay due to bad weather conditions we only left Cape Town the 28th. At 10 am we took off for the Norwegian NOVO station in northern Antarctica. The plane to Antarctica: an Ilyushin 76TD with Russian crew. There were 10 rows with 6...

  • Arrival at Utsteinen

    03 February 2009

    On january the 30th we left the NOVO station where we were stuck because of the bad weather. We reached Utsteinen after a 1 h 30 min flight on a relatively small plane crowded with sixteen team members and a lot of cargo. Since there wasn’t enough space...

  • Long days, freezing nights

    09 February 2009

    Today is February the 2nd, 11 pm and It’s minus 15° in my tent. We have been here for three days now, but time is passing quickly. There are some 50 persons living in the basecamp, making it kind of overcrowded. In order for the kitchen crew to cope with...

  • Making good progress getting everything on tracks

    16 February 2009

    After a week of hard work, we’re enjoying a day off. The weather has been very nice the past few days. We were even able to have lunch outside! We’re making good progress. The first wind turbines are connected to our general low voltage panel and provide...

  • Inauguration Day

    17 February 2009

    Yesterday we participated in the inauguration of the station, together with different VIPs such as our Minister of Defense Pieter De Crem and Minister of Scientific Policy Sabine Laruelle. Schneider Electric was represented bu Gilles Vermot-Desroches,...

  • First message from Cape Town

    02 February 2009

    Cape Town, 01/27/2009, Our flight to Antarctica has been delayed due to bad weather conditions. The weather has drastically changed the past days, with reported temperatures as low as -30°C and heavy wind. The pilot is waiting for better conditions to...