An amazing 6,000 mile journey ended on the 8th December when an electricity transformer, the size of a bungalow, was delivered to a National Grid substation near Grendon, Northamptonshire, UK from South Korea where it was built.
The transformer weighs 170 tonnes, and is nine metres long and five metres wide.
It had arrived by ship at Tilbury Docks in Essex, UK before being lifted onto a low-loader for the final 100 mile leg by road. Having spent 70 days travelling by ship from Busan in South Korea to the UK, the load was travelling by specialist heavy haulier for the last leg of its journey between Tilbury Docks and Grendon on Sunday the 8th December.
The trailer, flanked by police outriders and supported by a specialist haulage transport team, travelled at about 10-20 miles an hour.
The transformer travelled along the A13, M25 and M1 into Northamptonshire and finally along Whiston Road and Station Road making its way into the National Grid substation off Station Road.
National Grid and its partners in the move, Warwickshire-based Allelys Heavy Haulage Ltd, who are specialists in transporting heavy loads, have co-ordinated the huge task with military precision to keep traffic disruption and public inconvenience to a minimum.
National Grid project manager Jack Bayliss said: "This £6 million transformer project is vital investment in our energy network and will play an important role in helping us maintain the future supply of electricity to a large local area."
Source: National Grid UK