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Energy / More transformer units arrive in Lerwick

One of the 168-tonne transformers being disembarked onto the specialist multi-axel haulage vehicle in May. Photo: SSEN Transmission

THE FINAL two transformer units for the Shetland HVDC link arrived in Lerwick this week and have started their long journey to Kergord.

It follows on from the successful arrival of the first two transformers to Shetland in May.

The final two transformers arrived from Sweden via specialist vessel MV Eemslift Ellen on Tuesday.

The transformer deliveries from Lerwick to Kergord will take place overnight to avoid impacting road users as much as possible.

The first delivery was scheduled to take place last night (Wednesday) with the second set for Friday.

The process will follow the same format of the first set of deliveries in May, with the vehicles being transported in a convoy under the guidance and supervision of Police Scotland.

The transformer convoy will depart from Lerwick at approximately 10.30pm on Friday and progress along the A970 road before arriving at Kergord.

Due to their size, the delivery vehicles will be travelling at a reduced speed for safety, and it is expected the journey will take between three and five hours.

No road closures are required to facilitate the movement of the transformers, and vehicles should be able to pass the convoy at regular opportunities on the road network under guidance from the police, when safe to do so.

SSEN Transmission said it wished to thank the local community for their patience and understanding during these essential deliveries.