Grid transformers to be delivered to £566m construction site under police escort

Image credit: Viking Energy Wind Farm

TWO grid transformers are to be transported from the Port of Lerwick to the Viking Energy Wind Farm construction site in Shetland under police escort on Sunday.

The transformers will make up part of the new VEWF substation at what will become the UK’s largest onshore energy wind farm, with a further two transformers also set to be delivered to site in early August.

The convoy will leave the Port’s Greenhead Base in Lerwick at 10.30pm, travel along the A970, and is expected to arrive at the new access road at Sandwater by 3.30am on Monday (June 27).

The transformers started their journey in Linz in Austria. The Siemens 135MVA Transformers will have a delivery weight of 94 tonnes each, before weighing 122.4 tonnes once fully assembled.

Stakeholder manager for VEWF, Aaron Priest, said, “These transformers are critical items for the substation operation. Due to their scale, they require a police escort to move them from Lerwick Port on to site.

“In advance, we’d like to thank drivers and residents for their patience while the delivery takes place. Public safety is paramount and in co-operation with Police Scotland, our team will do their very best to keep any disruption to a minimum.”