Nal­cor moves equip­ment to Soldier’s Pond

The Labradorian - - EDITORIAL - BY JOE GIB­BONS

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:

p.m.

JOE GIB­BONS PHO­TOS/THE TELE­GRAM

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.

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