National Grid transformer

Epic Journey Ends for New National Grid Power Transformer

A 6,000 mi journey ended on Oct. 6 when an electricity transformer, the size of a house, was delivered to a National Grid substation at Connah's Quay, Deeside.

The 261-ton, 66-m long, and 5-m high transformer started its voyage in South Korea where it was built.  It arrived by ship in Ellesmere Port, before being lifted onto a low-loader for the final 29-mi leg by road to Connah's Quay substation. The trailer, flanked by police outriders and supported by a specialist haulage transport team, will then travel at about 12 miles an hour. It is due to arrive at the substation in the early hours of Sunday morning.

A second transformer will be delivered, supported by the same haulage transport team and following the same route, on Sunday 13 October.

National Grid and its partners in the move, Staffordshire based ALE who are specialists in transporting heavy loads, have co-ordinated the huge task with military precision to keep traffic disruption and public inconvenience to a minimum. Every effort has been made to deliver the transformer at a time and day when pedestrian and road traffic will be at its lightest.

National Grid project manager, David Tyrer said: “We are sorry for any delays and disruption the delivery might cause but it is essential that the journey is trouble free. The transformers will allow us to increase the capacity of Connah's Quay substation so that it can handle electricity coming from new windfarms in Wales, from the EirGrid cable and also the Western Link High Voltage Direct Current  cable currently being built between Scotland and Wales.


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