UK-based Collett & Sons has removed a turbine from the Saltend power station.

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The Collett team, on behalf of freight forwarder Expeditors, was tasked with this two-stage project. In September 2022, the company delivered a new 100-tonne gas turbine rotor to the Saltend combined heat and power (CHP) station.

The second stage of the project saw the heavy transport specialist remove the old module to allow for refurbishment.

Stored on stools since its removal, the Collett team arrived onsite ready to load the cargo. Utilising a 12-axle drawbar trailer, Collett reversed directly under the module before employing the hydraulic capabilities of the trailer to raise the bed. This, in turn, lifted the 100-tonne turbine free of the support stools, loading directly to the trailer. Once secured, the cargo left the power station, under escort, for the short journey to Collett’s Goole Heavy Lift depot for storage over the weekend.

As Monday morning arrived, the loaded cargo took to the road again. Continuing to travel under escort, the convoy made the short journey to the CLdN Terminal at North Killingholme, north-west of Grimsby, ready for shortsea shipping to Rotterdam.

After rolling off the CLdN vessel, the cargo was then transshipped from the trailer by 500-tonne lift capacity mobile crane for onward shipment to Antwerp.