Mammoth 366-tonne megaload reaches its destination

It’s taken four prime movers and around 6.5 hours to complete one of the biggest movements ever attempted on NSW’s roads.

A 366-tonne gas generator has been transported from Port Kembla to a new energy project in Yallah – EnergyAustralia’s new Tallawarra B Project.

Temporary closures put in place for sections of the Princes Motorway, Princes Highway, Five Islands Road and Springhill Road during the move. The load also had to be lowered at sections along the M1 to fit under bridges.

The huge generator is roughly 13 metres long by 4.2 metres wide and 4.5m high. It was transferred using two 16×8m trailers with beam sets, with muscle provided by four prime movers.

Heavy haulage specialist Lampson Australia was involved with the move, which was coordinated together with Transport for NSW. It provided the two Kenworth T509s to do the pulling. While a Mack Titan and Kenworth C501 were at the back, doing the pushing.

Overall, the monster combination measured 121 metres long, 5 metres wide and 5.7 metres high – with a total mass of 786 tonnes.

The move took place last weekend, starting late on Saturday night and running into the early hours of Sunday morning.

Along with the trucks required for the move, support vehicles included two mechanic vehicles, three pilot vehicles, three NSW Police vehicles, one TfNSW operational vehicle, one Traffic Control Truck Mounted Attenuator vehicle.

This is the third and final piece of the puzzle for EnergyAustralia’s Yallah project, following the move of a 370-tonne turbine in May and a 250-tonne transformer in October.

Located on the shore of Lake Illawarra at EnergyAustralia’s existing Tallawarra power station, Tallawarra B will be Australia’s first peaking power station to be powered by a blend of gas and green hydrogen with direct emissions offset.

In peak periods, the power station will deliver power to an additional 150,000 NSW homes.

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