Oldbury witnesses never-seen before engineering feat
2:02pm Tuesday 8th October 2013 in News
MANY may have spotted a helicopter flying over Oldbury quietly lifting and depositing electricity pylons on the ground –yet most were unaware they were witnessing a feat of engineering never before accomplished in the UK.
Babcock International Group replaced 22 electricity pylons on the existing power line between Oldbury and Berkeley nuclear power plants on Monday, on behalf of Western Power Distribution, using just one helicopter flown in all the way from Norway.
Such work is usually carried out by with a crane and this was the first time the more advanced method had been tried in the country.
The 25-metre metal towers were built on site in Oldbury. A pilot then picked parts of the pylons one at a time, assembling them over two days between Sunday, October 6 and Monday 7.
Babcok account manager Adrian Parker told the Gazette the efficient yet highly technical process eliminated the need to build a road by the power line for the crane and lorries normally involved in transporting the pylons.
“It’s the first time in the country that it has ever been done,” he said. “We had to build a road before but we avoided all of that and the disruption to residents. It has taken 2,000 lorries off the road.
“We have been on site since June building the pylons and putting foundations in.
Running the helicopter came at a cost of £10,000 per hour.
At its lowest it hovered 40 metres above ground.
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