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Massive Stafford-built transformer on the move next week

By Staffordshire Newsletter  |  Posted: May 13, 2014

By Alison Thomas

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A MASSIVE electricity transformer sets off from Stafford next week on a journey by road, river and sea.

The transformer will be heading for Preston in Lancashire where it is needed to increase the capacity of National Grid’s substation at Penwortham.

The 270-tonne transformer, called a quad booster, was built at Alstom in Stafford.

It will leave the Stafford factory to be taken by road to Ellesmere Port docks in Cheshire and then by sea to the River Ribble. A barge will carry it to a specially built landing stage in a park in Preston where it will be unloaded for the final leg of the journey by road to the substation.

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The transformer start its journey on MondayMay 19heading out of Stafford on the A34.

It will be carried on a trailer over 73 metres in length and with a combined weight of nearly 400 tonnes. It is due to reach its destination two days later.

David Omer, National Grid’s project engineer said: “The delivery has been many months in the planning. Fortunately, we’ve had other transformers delivered to the substation previously, using the same method, but it is still a major operation for us and we couldn’t afford to leave anything to chance.

“We’ll be installing the new quad booster at the substation in the coming months. It will help increase the capacity of the site and will enable us to transport more energy around the country. Our substations and the network of electricity transmission lines play a vital part in keeping electricity flowing and keeping the lights on.”

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