Transportation of two switchrooms, Australia
ALE has supplied the engineering calculations and transported two state-of-the-art 66,000kva switchrooms with roofs from the manufacturer in Perth to individual locations within the client’s site in Port Hedland, Western Australia.
The engineering transport arrangements, stability calculations and lashing calculations were compiled and analysed by the ALE Engineering Team to ensure the highest standards of safety.
The transportation of each switchroom provided an extreme and challenging task, from the initial transport planning and engineering calculations to the eventual delivery. The switchrooms were moved in two separate transportations using 46 axle lines of SPT. They weighed 125t each and measured 28m in length, 6.85m high and 8.5m wide.
Due to the delicate nature of the machinery, a speed limit was set at 40 kph for the entire journey. Accelerometers and sensitive recording equipment were placed within the switchrooms and attached to the installed equipment to monitor this.
The switchrooms travelled a total distance of approximately 1,700 kms and the journey to Port Hedland was completed in six days.