Huge electrical transformer arrives at town port

PUBLISHED: 14:44 11 June 2020 | UPDATED: 14:44 11 June 2020

A 178 tonne transformer is lifted onto the docks at thePort of Ipswich  Picture: STEPHEN WALLER/ABP

A 178 tonne transformer is lifted onto the docks at thePort of Ipswich Picture: STEPHEN WALLER/ABP

© Stephen Waller

A 178 tonne transformer for the national grid has arrived at the Port of Ipswich.

The transformer was destined for an electricity substation in Burwell, near Cambridge.

Port owners ABP’s head of operations in Ipswich Andy Constable said the hefty piece of kit came to the port because of its proximity to its end destination.

You may also want to watch:

“Handling this large piece of equipment involved very close collaboration with our customers and agents and we are grateful for their support, which has helped make this operation a success,” he added.

MORE – Port workers say thank you to the NHS – using 143,000 bricks

Using the port helped minimise the distance travelled by cargo and reduces transport costs for customers, said ABP.

Andrew Harston, ABP regional director for Wales and short sea ports, said: “Our operations team is well equipped and experienced at handling complex project cargo, which has helped complete this heavy lift safely and efficiently.

“I would like to thank and pay tribute to all of our colleagues who are key workers during this pandemic and have been keeping vital cargoes moving to support nationally significant infrastructure projects such as this.”

If you value what this story gives you, please consider supporting the Ipswich Star. Click the link in the orange box above for details.

Search hundreds of local jobs at Jobs24

Become a supporter

This newspaper has been a central part of community life for many years. Our industry faces testing times, which is why we're asking for your support. Every contribution will help us continue to produce local journalism that makes a measurable difference to our community.

Latest from the Ipswich Star