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Huge transformers arrive at Crossrail’s Limmo Peninsula site

Two large pieces of heavy-duty machinery, with a combined height equal to a double decker bus, have been painstakingly moved into their new home on London’s Crossrail project.

From Press releases - 26 September 2016 12:00 AM

Two large pieces of heavy-duty machinery, with a combined height equal to a double decker bus, have been painstakingly moved into their new home on London’s Crossrail project.

Weighing around 50 tons each, the transformers were eased in to their new home at Limmo Peninsula in Canning Town, from where they will help to power the new Elizabeth line that connects east and west London.

A specially adapted low-loading lorry delivered the units this week. The transformers will help keep the lights on by ‘transforming’ high voltage electricity from a nearby substation to safely power electronic systems, ventilation and lighting on the Elizabeth Line – but not trains.

Nicholas Ralph, project manager for UK Power Networks, said: “Installing the transformers has been a painstaking and delicate operation, so it is satisfying to get these important pieces of equipment safely installed, where they will serve the Elizabeth line for decades to come.”

UK Power Networks is also laying more than 5,000 metres of underground cable for carrying electricity and is installing equipment for managing the power to Limmo Peninsula. The company has around 20 highly-skilled engineers and designers working on the project.

UK Power Networks delivers electricity to 8million homes and businesses across London, the East and South East, and recently partnered with other network operators to launch a new 105 number for power cut information. In the rare event of a power cut, anyone in the country can now call 105 to get through to their local network operator which runs the cables and power lines delivering electricity to the area.