Recently, Wagenborg again took care of a special transport to a special destination. This time, the destination was the northern port city of Pitea in Sweden. In this area of North Sweden, a giant wind power park is constructed, named Markbygden Project. For this purpose, the nearby substation had to be extended.

First of all, the 295 tons transformer was collected at the fabrication shop in Nijmegen, Netherlands and transported per barge to the port of Rotterdam. Floating sheerleg Matador took care of transshipment into seagoing vessel at the quayside of Broekman Special Projects at the Waalhaven port. 

transshipment by heavy duty port crane in Norrköping, Sweden
transshipment by heavy duty port crane in Norrköping, Sweden

MV Dagna, a multipurpose vessel chartered by Wagenborg Shipping, shipped the giant to the Swedish port of Norrköping. Ship transport up to Pitea port was not possible due to lack of a suitable quayside nearby the final destination. And road transport from Pitea port up to the destination was not possible due to obstacles on the route. Quite a challenge for the Wagenborg crew, who came up with a creative solution: transshipment in the port of Norrköping by the heavy duty port crane onto barge. 

Barge transport heading for Gulf of Bothnia
Barge transport heading for Gulf of Bothnia

The barge left Norrköping heading for the northern part of the Gulf of Bothnia. In Sandholmen, just south of Pitea city, a ro-ro quay was constructed especially for this special heavy piece. Upon arrival, our Swedish colleagues were already waiting with their heavy transport combination to take care of the roll-off operation and the final road trip to substation Rubäcken, 30 kilometers (or 3 Swedish miles) from the offloading location. 

In Rabäcken, the Wagenborg Nedlift crew put the transformer quickly and safely on its final foundation by jacking and skidding. A nice and all-round factory to foundation project!

jacking and skidding onto foundation at Rabäcken substation
jacking and skidding onto foundation at Rabäcken substation
roll-off operation at Sandholmen quayside, south of Pitea city
roll-off operation at Sandholmen quayside, south of Pitea city
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