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House-sized National Grid transformer to come to Burton from South Korea

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: July 23, 2014

A LONG TRIP . . . the transformer as it prepared to embark on its trip to Burton by road.

A LONG TRIP . . . the transformer as it prepared to embark on its trip to Burton by road.

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AN electric transformer the size of a bungalow is due to arrive in Burton today.

Built in South Korea, the transformer is a whopping nine metres long and five metres high.

It is expected to reach Burton between noon and 2pm after travelling for 6,000 miles across oceans and roads around the world.

The remarkable engineering feat is an "important addition" to the National Grid's Drakelow station.

It will be making its way along the A38 and the A5189 during the morning, so motorists are being told to expect some delays on these roads.

The enormous lorry carrying the 170-tonne transformer will be driven by a specialist team trained to transport heavy loads.

National Grid project manager Stephen Mart said: "The arrival of this transformer at Burton upon Trent is an incredible feat of engineering and the result of years of meticulous planning.

"It will be a fascinating sight for people to see, and it means we can maintain the future supply of electricity to a large local area."

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