Flexible transport fleet
The National Grid provides Great Britain’s electricity network across the country with electricity transmission systems that include 4,474 miles of overhead line, 932 miles of underground cable, and 342 substations. Maintaining the network and identifying its future requirements is key to ensuring the country continues to have sustainable and efficient energy delivery.
Transformers weighing up to 174t needed to be transported and installed at substations around the UK, along routes up to 87 miles long. There was limited space on the routes and the transportations needed to meet tight deadlines. Based on their vast experience of challenging transformer moves in the country, ALE was chosen by logistics contractor Kuehne + Nagel to perform the operations.
There were five manoeuvres performed in total during this operation. Previous transportations to the first substation had required costly street furniture removals. However, the range of capacity in ALE’s equipment selection combined with the skill of their transport operators enabled ALE to avoid this, saving significant costs for the operation.