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Mega-move of mega-sized equipment safely completed

Safety is always top of mind when it comes to our work and our communities. And our latest piece of the project was no exception. With the extreme focus, talent and expertise of our people and partners, we’re happy to share that the final transformer safely arrived at the Muskrat Falls site in Labrador, on August 25, marking the end of a significant heavy equipment move for the Labrador-Island Transmission Link.

Delivery of the seven massive transformers was managed by the equipment designer and manufacturer, General Electric, and involved the expertise of marine and land transportation companies, McKeil Marine and Mammoet Canada. 

In just over five weeks, the transformers safely travelled by barge from the Pennecon Energy Marine Base in Bay Bulls, Newfoundland, to the Town of Cartwright, located on the southern coast of Labrador, where they were then loaded onto trailers and transported by road to the Muskrat Falls site just outside Happy Valley-Goose Bay.

“The transportation operation required extensive planning and logistics by General Electric, McKeil Marine and Mammoet Canada to ensure these critical pieces of equipment were delivered safely and with minimal disruption to the public,” said Steve Follett, HVdc Specialties Project Manager with the Lower Churchill Project. “The remoteness of the transport made it especially challenging and would not have been possible without the support of the community of Cartwright and its facilities, and the local business community.”

Each transformer transported to the Muskrat Falls site weighed about 175 tonnes and required a travelling convoy about one kilometre long. This was no small undertaking and required the expertise of many people, including our team members who worked together with our partners and communities.

Since March, a total of 20 pieces of mega-sized equipment have been delivered to the Soldiers Pond and Muskrat Falls construction sites including 14 transformers, three rotors and three stators.

“The equipment delivered to the sites this year is essential to achieving first power delivery across the Labrador-Island Transmission Link and includes some of the largest and heaviest equipment to be transported on the project,” said Follett. “A special thanks to the members of the public for their continued patience and cooperation during these moves, and ensuring the safety of everyone involved.”

Once installed, each piece of equipment will play an important role in ensuring power is delivered to our customers. The transformers will help convert power so that it can travel to the island on the Labrador-Island Transmission Link, while each rotor and stator will help create a stable and reliable transmission grid as electricity is delivered to homes and business across the province.

With this mega-move now complete, the Labrador- Island Transmission Link is one step closer to delivering power to homes and business.

Fast Facts

Each stator weighs 205 tonnes and each rotor weighs 225 tonnes.

The three rotors and stators were manufactured by General Electric in Sorel – Tracy, Quebec, and were transported to Soldiers Pond by Bellemare.

Each transformer weighs 175 tonnes.

The 14 transformers were manufactured by General Electric in Canoas, Brazil, and Stafford, England, and were transported to Soldiers Pond and Muskrat Falls by Mammoet Canada.