Allelys has transported and installed a 113-tonne reactor for the Frodsham substation in the UK.

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The reactor measured 6.5 m x 2.7 m x 4 m and was received at Immingham port. It was subsequently transported to Frodsham using 12 axle lines of modular heavy-duty trailers.

Once on site, the unit needed to be transported across a waterway and required the use of a temporary bridge. Allelys jacked up the bridge, positioned rollers underneath and connected winches. The bridge was then winched across the waterway on the rollers.

A 100-tonne capacity mobile crane then lifted the nose off the bridge to allow it to be lowered down into position on the embankment, where it sat on feet that had been positioned and installed by the Allelys team. 

“Being a temporary bridge, the weight capacity wouldn’t allow both the truck and trailer on the bridge at the same time,” explained Craig Mackay, operations manager – projects at Allelys. “Therefore we devised a solution to position a truck on each side of the bridge, to transport the reactor as far as we could and then winch it the remaining distance.”

The truck carrying the unit was configured with an extendable drawbar. The drawbar was extended to its maximum length of 10 m and the truck was reversed up to the bridge, positioning the reactor as far across the bridge as possible. 

The truck was then disconnected from the trailer. The second truck waiting on the far side of the bridge then connected winches to the trailer to winch the unit across the remaining distance of bridge and back onto land.

The final stage within Allelys scope of work was to install the reactor into its final position using a jacking and skidding system.