Collett delivers 172 tonne transformer to National Grid substation

May 4, 2022
Posted by Patrick Haddad

Collett has completed the delivery of a 172 Tonne transformer to the National Grid Feckenham substation.

With the National Grid’s Feckenham substation in Redditch currently being upgraded to replace ageing equipment, Collett was appointed to complete the delivery of a 172 Tonne super grid transformer from Sundon.  The team mobilized their new 250 Tonne capacity Goldhofer girder bridge to facilitate the movement of the super grid transformer to its new location 118 miles away.

Housed at Collett’s Goole Heavy Lift depot, they mobilized the modular trailer, travelling as two separate 10-axle combinations.  Arriving on-site, the two 10-axle sections allowed for the modular girder bridge to be built around the transformer to form a 20-axle loaded configuration. 

Undertaking jacking and skidding operations to manoeuvre the 172 Tonne cargo, Collett’s Heavy Lift Team positioned and raised the transformer to allow for the construction of the girder bridge configuration.  With the transformer raised to the optimum height, the team reversed each half of the girder bridge trailer positioning the side beams under the transformer’s transport arms and securing the load.

Once on-site at Feckenham, the team hydraulically raised the side beams of the girder bridge, lifting the transformer and allowing for the positioning of timber supports.  Once in place the girder bridge was then lowered, resting the super grid transformer on the timbers and allowing for the modular trailer to be split and disassembled from the payload.

Source and image: Collett


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