Collett completes stage two of Saltend CHP transport

Collett completes stage two of Saltend CHP transport

Collett with the heavy cargo on the roadCollett & Sons

Expeditors have once again turned to Collett & Sons for the transport of and oversized, heavy cargo. In September, Collett already transported a 100 tonne gas turbine rotor to Saltend power station in Hull, and now the company carried out the transport of the original turbine. 

The Saltend CHP (combined heat & power) power station generates power efficiently using exhaust heat from the gas turbine to produce steam which, in turn, drives a steam turbine on the same shaft, increasing the energy output of each generating unit and producing more power for less fuel.

The Collett Team, on behalf of Expeditors, were tasked with this two-stage project, firstly delivering a new 100 tonne gas turbine rotor to the CHP station, before removing the old module to allow for refurbishment.

Having undertaken the delivery and positioning of the new 100 tonne gas turbine rotor from the Antonov 124 aircraft at Doncaster Airport the previous month, the original unit remained in storage at the power station awaiting transport and transshipment overseas. With the new turbine now in position and operational, Collett were on hand to begin stage two of the project, to extract and remove the old turbine rotor from the power station site.

Stored on stools since its removal, the Collett Team arrived on site ready to load the cargo. Utilising a 12-axle drawbar trailer, Collett’s Transport Team reversed directly under the module before employing the hydraulic capabilities of the trailer to raise the trailer bed. This, in turn, lifted the 100 tonne turbine free of the support stools, loading directly to the trailer. Once secured, the cargo left Saltend power station, under escort, for the short journey to Collett’s Goole Heavy Lift depot for secure weekend storage.

At the start of the week, the loaded cargo took to the road again. Continuing to travel under escort, the convoy made the short 50-mile journey to the CLdN Terminal at North Killingholme, north-west of Grimsby, ready for shortsea shipping to Rotterdam.

Still loaded to a 8×4 MAN TGX equipped with a drawbar 12 row trailer, and accompanied by Collett’s driver and steersman, the gas turbine rotor arrived at the Port of Rotterdam. After rolling off the CLdN vessel, the cargo was then transshipped from the trailer by 500 tonne mobile crane for onward shipment to Antwerp.

With all transshipment operations complete, the Collett Team hopped back on the ferry, returning to Goole and completing stage two of the Saltend power station project.

Author: Adnan Bajic

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