With a combined weight of 730 tonnes and a length of 112m, Transport for New South Wales is calling it one of the biggest ever oversize and overmass movements on NSW roads.
In the steady hands of the heavy haulage experts at Lampson, the incident-free 18km transfer from Port Kembla to the site of EnergyAustralia’s new Tallawarra B Project at Yallah took six hours earlier today.
The enormous weight was disbursed across two trailers, with two Lampson trucks pulling, and two more pushing the turbine on its meticulously-planned journey.
The complicated operation in the early hours of Friday morning required traffic be contraflowed along sections of Springhill and Five Islands roads.
The hefty load had to be lowered at sections on along the route to fit under road and train bridges along Springhill Road and the M1 before being raised back up to continue at travelling height.
Sections of roads including the M1 Princes Motorway, Princes Highway, Five Islands Road and Springhill Road were temporarily closed for the convoy.
This was the first of three transfer operations, with a 365-tonne generator and 250-tonne transformer also to be transferred to the EnergyAustralia site near Lake Illawarra before the end of the year.