Gi­ant trans­former ar­rives at sub­sta­tion

The Press and Journal (Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire) - - NEWS - BY RE­BEKAH MCVEY

The first of three su­per grid trans­form­ers has been de­liv­ered to Mo­ray East on­shore sub­sta­tion at New Deer.

Fol­low­ing a 930-mile jour­ney by river, sea and road, the first trans­former was de­liv­ered by Siemens to the on­shore sub­sta­tion at New Deer for the Mo­ray East off­shore wind farm devel­op­ment.

The trans­former was moved from the port at Peter­head to the sub­sta­tion on Sun­day with a po­lice es­cort.

Mar­cel Su­nier, Mo­ray East project di­rec­tor, said: “This is one of the largest elec­tri­cal com­po­nents for the largest con­struc­tion project in Scot­land, so I am de­lighted to see it ar­rive safely on site.

“The scale of the work in­volved just to get this trans­former to site re­flects the mag­ni­tude of the project – which will ul­ti­mately be ca­pa­ble of de­liv­er­ing al­most 40% of the coun­try’s do­mes­tic elec­tric­ity needs.

“I would like to thank all those in­volved in en­abling us to reach an­other ma­jor project mile­stone safely.”

Mo­ray East is Siemens’ largest grid con­nec­tion project in the UK and needs three trans­form­ers in to­tal due to its size and scale.

Each trans­former is around 40ft long and weighs a whop­ping 270 tonnes, which is as heavy as 38 African ele­phants.

It is hoped the in­stal­la­tion of all three trans­form­ers will be com­pleted by the first quar­ter of 2020, with all work due to be fin­ished at the on­shore sub­sta­tion site by the end of the first quar­ter of 2021.

The su­per grid trans­former at New Deer

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