NamPower’s colossal 175 tonne transformer makes its way to Gerus substation
One of NamPower’s four transformers that were commissioned with the Zambezi Link Interconnector in 2010, the 315 MVA, 400/220/22kV transformer which had gone for repairs in South Africa, is currently making its way to Gerus substation near Otjiwarongo.
The power utility this week said the transformer, was transported to Eskom-Rotek Industries (ERI) in September 2018, for repairs.
The 175 tonne transformer is being transported on a 2 x 11 axle x 2 metre axle spacing’s x 2 file x 4.235 metre wide ‘Nicolas’ Monoblock beam wagon trailer combination with two 8 x 6 Western Star truck-tractors attached to the front of the trailer via drawbars and one 8 x 6 Western Star truck-tractor attached to the rear.
According to the utility, the cargo is being accompanied by vehicle escorts: private vehicles and police vehicles.
The cargo which departed from Buitepos border post on Monday, 15 July, is expected to pass through Windhoek on Tuesday, 16 July.
NamPower urged the public to cooperate with the traffic officers escorting this load to ensure a smooth and effective operation.