Nalcor moves equipment to Soldier’s Pond
In anticipation of a big move from Bay Bulls to Soldier’s Pond via the Trans-Canada Highway, the media were given a tour by Nalcor Energy officials at the Pennecon Energy Marine Base in Bay Bulls to view and learn more of the big machinery that will be key components of the Lower Churchill project.
Steve Follett, project manager for the HVDC (high voltage direct current) Specialties, told media about the three stators and seven converter transformers at the site awaiting transportation.
The stators, each weighing 205 tonnes, were built by GE Power in Sorel-Tracey, Que.
The transformers, each weighing 175 tonnes, were built in Brazil and the United Kingdom.
Also making the trip to Soldier’s Pond will be three rotors, each weighing 225 tonnes, also built by GE Power.
The stators form part of the synchronous condensers, which maintain the stability and reliability of electrical transmission system operations once power is up and running from Muskrat Falls, Follett said.
The transformers produce the electrical connection between the HVDC and the AC distribution systems, he explained.
The rotors are the rotating portion of the synchronous condenser and hook up to the stators to provide the voltage stability and reliability of the entire system, Follett said.
Moving the oversized equipment will involve several road closures.
The equipment was moved multiple days last week and is expected to be moved on Monday, Feb. 28, Wednesday, March 2 and Friday, March 4 as well. The moving dates are weather dependent.
Southside Road, Route 10 (Main Road) and Witless Bay Line will be temporarily closed until the equipment has moved through each roadway indicated. The approximate timing for each road closure is:
Steve Follett, Nalcor’s project manager for the HVDC Specialties, stands in front of a stator — one of three 205-tonne units — during a media tour at the Pennecon Energy Marine Base in Bay Bulls. The stators, along with seven convertors and other equipment, will be shipped by road from Bay Bulls to the Lower Churchill project’s Soldier’s Pond construction site.
One of Nalcor Energy’s rotors at the Pennecon Energy Marine Base in Bay Bulls.
One of the stators at the Pennecon Energy Marine Base in Bay Bulls.
Steve Follett, project manager for the HVDC Specialties with Nalcor Energy, speaks to members of the media last Monday at the Pennecon Energy Marine Base in Bay Bulls.