Case Study

National Grid Strategic Spare Transport & Installation

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Challenge:

To replace a 167 tonne transformer quickly and safely when there has been a critical failure.

A National Grid transformer suffered a critical failure and needed to be removed and replaced with a strategic spare. The transformer was in Wiltshire but the spare unit was in the National Grid spare centre in Bedfordshire and could not be move directly due to the numerous bridges and other structures on route.

Our solution was to take the unit to Tilbury Docks, a maintained heavy load route, and then ship to Avonmouth,the nearest seaport to the substation. We then moved the unit from the port to the substation over two weekends to reduce the impact on the local road infrastructure.

To achieve this required experienced project managers who knew the UK road system and could apply for special order permits. Because we have the road, marine and lifting equipment required to undertake the whole job and the engineers to solve the inevitable problems; the project was completed in just 6 weeks. A record for a process that normally takes 6 months.

We say:

With the necessary engineering and planning skills, the right equipment and teamwork, we delivered under tight time pressure for our clients Hyundai & National Grid.

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