Two WTC 225MVA 230/20kV power transformers have arrived safely at Yallourn Power Station site to replace the existing Unit 2 generator transformers.
The 260- tonne superloads carrying the transformers travelled in stages at the maximum speed of 40km/h, spanning across three nights to minimise traffic disruptions to the road network.
Departing from our manufacturing site in Glen Waverley, the transformers slowly made their way towards the Melbourne’s eastern suburbs on the separate evenings of December 6 and 7.
At 9pm on December 8, they continued their final leg of the journey together from the Old Princes Hwy. The 4.3-meter loads travelled on the wrong side of the road taking up its entire width from Main Neerim Rd to Narracan Creek on the Princess Freeway East.
VIC Roads traffic management officers and load escorts were travelling with the superloads through the entire operation. To ensure a safe journey, they temporarily removed signage and lights as the loads passed through. They also assisted with manoeuvring the vehicle around corners.
The power transformers both arrived safe and sound at Yallourn Power station in the early hours of Tuesday December 8. Both units are set to be fully assembled before the end of the year.
A big shout-out to all involved!
About Yallourn Power Station:
Nestled in Victoria’s Latrobe Valley on the traditional lands of the Braiakaulung people of the Gunaikurnai nation, Yallourn Power Station – or simply Yallourn, as the community and we call it – has been providing both state and nation with electricity since 1974.
Yallourn is powered by brown coal produced from Australia’s second-largest open cut mine, just next door. Every year, we mine around 18 million tonnes of high moisture brown coal that is used to boil water into a superheated steam that drives Yallourn’s four massive turbine generators. Together, these turbines produce 1,480 megawatts of electricity an hour – enough to power about 2 million homes.
Today, Yallourn provides 22 per cent of Victoria’s electricity, and about 8 per cent of Australia’s National Electricity Market.