Gulf Maritime Gen. Trading Contracting Co. W.l.l, member of Worldwide Project Consortium (WWPC) for Kuwait, handled four heavy and oversized transformers for the Ministry of Electricity and Water Kuwait.
The scope of work was receiving, transportation and placing the transformers onto the foundation.
The shipment consisted of four pieces of 300MVA transformers measuring 10.1 x 4.1 x 5.5 m and weighing 188.3 tons each plus shunt reactors of 45 tons and their accessories.
The project was very challenging. The transformers were transported on multi axle trailer deploying 16 axles each per transformer. Due to the over dimension of the transformers, a long route of 250 km had to be travelled to avoid bridges. A new road was constructed, the road dividers were removed in some locations and it was also necessary to drive against the traffic. Civil work was done in several areas along the way. Due to heavy rain leveling and compaction enroute on a service road it was essential to avoid the trailer getting stuck in the sand.
The transformers were carefully unloaded from the hydraulic axles and safely placed on the foundation using jacking and skidding operation. Of course, special permits, police escort, ministry approvals were required during transportation.
This project was executed under extreme pressure during Ramadan time and the project was time bound to make the transformers operational prior to summer. Despite the challenging road conditions the transformers were delivered in safe by on time.