A photograph of a similar-sized transformer arriving at Alyth Substation earlier this year.
A photograph of a similar-sized transformer arriving at Alyth Substation earlier this year.

Milestone Reached in Kinardochy Substation Project with Arrival of 195-Ton Transformer

June 6, 2023
Transformer delivery marks a key step towards net zero emissions and renewable energy integration.

Teams from SSEN Transmission’s Kinardochy Substation project in Perthshire are preparing for the delivery of a crucial component in its effort toward achieving net-zero emissions: a new 195-ton transformer.

The Static Compensator Transformer (SCT) is the largest piece of equipment in the substation and plays a vital role in maintaining stable voltage limits and managing power flows. The substation, located near Tummel Bridge, will facilitate the integration of renewable energy into the grid, supporting the transition to net-zero emissions.

The arrival of the transformer is a significant milestone in the construction of the Kinardochy Substation. SSEN Transmission and its principal contractors, Siemens BAM, have carefully planned its delivery since the project's inception.

Due to its size, the transformer will be transported in two phases, under the guidance of Police Scotland. In the first phase, specialist haulier Allelys will move the transformer on a 24-axle vehicle from Dundee Quay to Pitnacree, approximately a mile from Grandtully. Police Scotland will escort the convoy along the A90, M90, and A9 to a designated waiting area near Pitnacree on the A827/C447.

In the second phase, starting on June 4, the transformer will be transferred to a smaller 12-axle trailer. It will then travel along the C447 through Strathtay, rejoining the B846, crossing the Camserney Bridge, and reaching the Kinardochy Substation along the B846.

For safety reasons, rolling road closures will be implemented during the second phase on the C447 and B846, with diversions available via Aberfeldy and Kenmore.

No road closures are planned for other routes.

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