Massive 96-tonne electricity transformer arrives in North-east for new offshore wind farm

An electricity transformer weighing in at almost 100 tonnes has arrived in the North-east as part of an offshore wind farm development.

The 92.6-tonne transformer travelled through Europe before arriving in Blackdog yesterday.

It will be installed in a substation in the community as part of the £300 million European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre (EOWDC) developed by Vattenfall-owned Aberdeen Offshore Wind Farm Limited.

The generator – manufactured in Tapioszele, Hungary – travelled through Austria, Germany and the Netherlands before it was shipped to North Yorkshire.

It then made the journey on a 30.5-metre long lorry from Middlesbrough with police escorts.

It was transported in various components – the largest being four metres high, three metres wide and 7.5 metres long.

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