ORINDA – A new, larger-capacity transformer arrived at PG&E’s Moraga Substation early this morning.
The delivery of the huge piece of electrical equipment was done overnight to minimize traffic impacts. The transformer weighs 425,500 pounds. It is 15-feet tall, 29.5-feet long and more than 12-feet wide.
This is one of the largest and heaviest transformers ever to be transported into the PG&E system. Its journey included stops in Austria, Germany, Houston and Tracy before it arrived in Orinda. The final leg of the trip, which included boats and trains, required a 161-foot long, 80-wheel trailer.
The transformer will improve reliability in the East Bay and support the area’s growing demand for electricity.
Installation could take as long as a week to complete. Construction to upgrade the surrounding electric components will continue through February of 2013.
(Click here to watch a video of the move of a large transformer in San Francisco in March.)