UK: Following a 1,500-kilometre 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 windfarm development.
The transformer was moved from the port at Peterhead to the substation site by a 70-meter-long 20 Axle 350Te Girder Frame transporter on Sunday 27 October with a police escort, due to its size and weight.
Each transformer is around 12 meters, the length of three cars and weighing in at 270 tonnes is as heavy as 38 African elephants.
Once the transformer has been skidded into position, the installation of associated electrical equipment will begin. As this is the most important equipment on site, this marks a significant milestone in the project.
Moray East is Siemens’ largest grid connection project in the UK and needs three transformers in total due to its size and scale. It is anticipated installation of all three transformers will be completed by the first quarter of 2020, with all work completed at the onshore substation site by the end of first quarter 2021
The windfarm, 22 km off the Aberdeenshire coast in Scotland, will have an installed generation capacity of 950MW after its completion. It will be capable of providing low cost, low carbon power to the equivalent of one million Scottish homes, making a significant contribution to meeting Net Zero ambitions.