An extremely heavy project has been successfully finalized after more than three weeks of transportation through the picturesque nature of Sweden.
When Martin Bencher was awarded by Hitachi Energy to transport the heaviest transformer on public roads to date, we already knew it would be a challenging project. And boy were we right!
This has been nothing but a ‘greatest hits’ of technical solutions to ensure a feasible and safe route for the transformer that will be the heart of what will become Sweden’s largest wind power cluster. The transformer itself is 12 meters long and almost 400 tons, and with the whole convey a total weight of 762 tons, 5,5 meters wide, and 105 meters long. No wonder why this giant has been attracting great public attention along the way, moving at just 5-15 km/h.
To name a few things, the road was lowered under three bridges, a belly trailer was added in order to cross five bridges, we used a flyover bridge, de-electrified five railroad crossings, built new roads, barriers, and lights were dismantled, etc.
In order to achieve this, countless manhours have been spent on engineering, geotechnical studies, permits from different authorities, and meetings to coordinate with all stakeholders involved to ensure a smooth transportation. It has been a huge and demanding task to plan this transport project, and nothing has been left to chance!
In the end, we delivered the transformer on time to a very happy client. This would not have been possible without the dedication and attention to detail from the Swedish Martin Bencher team and our great cooperation with Mammoet and fantastic support from Hitachi Energy and Ellevio.