At the end of January, André Krause, Project Manager at the Kahl Group, and his team gave the “go-ahead” for a superlative heavy-haulage
operation: the world’s most powerful transformer, a Siemens 1100 KV UHVDC with a deadweight of 535 tonnes was to be transported.
They used Goldhofer modules: up front a THP/ST 10 P (1+1) and at the back a PST/SL-E 10 P (1+1) coupled in parallel with, a G2 I K600 high girder bridge from Goldhofer and Greiner. The operation means a new record in terms of weight. With a length of 63 m, a width of 7.45 m and a height of 6.10 m, the laden rig was set to become a record-breaker with an overall weight of 875 tonnes.
Starting from the Siemens plant in Nuremberg: the rig reached the port of Nuremberg after an operation lasting just under 20 hours. There the transformer was loaded onto a barge to take it to Antwerp, where the
3,300 km long journey to China continued by sea. André Krause, Project Manager at the Kahl Group, concludes: “This mega transport operation was a successful premiere for us; we have another three of these giant cargos coming up for the power gen industry.”