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Image caption: Lift of 178 tonne Transformer at Port of Ipswich

The Port of Ipswich has successfully completed a heavy lift operation involving a 178 tonne transformer, as part of a National Grid infrastructure project.

The transformer will be installed at the substation in Burwell, thus helping the National Grid continue its vital work of delivering electricity reliably and efficiently to the customers and communities around the UK.

Andy Constable, ABP Head of Operations in Ipswich, said: “Handling this large piece of equipment involved very close collaboration with our customers and agents and we are grateful for their support, which has helped make this operation a success.”

Due to the Port of Ipswich’s close proximity to the site in Burwell, it enables a natural flow of cargo from incoming vessels to their ultimate destination. This in turn helps minimise the distance travelled by cargo and reduces transport costs for customers.

Andrew Harston, ABP Regional Director for Wales & Short Sea Ports, said: “Our operations team is well equipped and experienced at handling complex project cargo, which has helped complete this heavy lift safely and efficiently.

“I would like to thank and pay tribute to all of our colleagues who are key workers during this pandemic and have been keeping vital cargoes moving to support nationally significant infrastructure projects such as this.”