SSEN Project Manager David Fraser talks through the successful delivery of four 248-tonne supergrid transformers from Buckie Harbour to Blackhillock Substation near Keith.
The transformers, which are the largest of their kind to be utilised as part of the £1.1billion Caithness-Moray project, have all now reached their final destination of Blackhillock substation. The huge electrical devices were delivered by sea from Sweden to Buckie Harbour where they were loaded on to multi-axle trailers by specialist haulier Allelys, working on behalf of Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN) and its lead contractor ABB.
To minimise disruption to commuters, businesses and residents, the four deliveries took place on Sundays throughout July. Each delivery lasted around six hours and the hauliers were escorted by Police Scotland from Buckie Harbour to Blackhillock Substation.
David Fraser, SSEN Project Manager, said: “The transport of the transformers has been years in the planning. Each transformer weighs around 250 tonnes and that’s without oil. As you can expect, that is a substantial operation to transport these to the site from the port. The length of the convoy involved was approximately the length of five double decker buses.
“We opted to transport the transformers on a Sunday under the advice of Police Scotland to minimise the disruption of the local community. Our Community Liaison team also supported extensively to ensure that disruption was at a minimum and people could plan their weekends accordingly.
“It’s fantastic how the community have engaged with this event over the past couple of weeks and that reflects the hard work that the community team have put in in terms of letter drops and engaging with the public.”