DELTA - Next week Exelon will be working closely with state and local officials in Maryland and Pennsylvania to safely and effectively transport a main power transformer from Havre de Grace, Md. to Peach Bottom Atomic Power Station in Delta, Pa. This power transformer is the last in a shipment of seven transformers over the past three years. The project is part of Exelon's $87 million plan to replace all six of Peach Bottom's main power transformers and improve long-term service.
The transformer was recently shipped from Korea to Philadelphia and barged to Havre de Grace. It weighs approximately 481,000 lbs. and stands 35 feet high and 28 feet wide. On June 25, Hake Rigging Company will begin transporting the transformer along a predetermined route through Harford and southern York County. The transporter will move approximately three to five miles per hour and most of the travel will take place at night to avoid traffic congestion as much as possible. The unit is scheduled to arrive at Peach Bottom on Friday, June 29, 2012.
For the past 6 months, Exelon has been working with Hake Rigging as well as state and local school, emergency response and transportation officials to coordinate the effort. Detours and road closures will be clearly marked in advance and a coordinated outreach plan was designed to notify residents and businesses along the travel route. Exelon has also created a 24-hour "Transport Tracker" hotline to provide travelers with up to date information on the transformer's location. The number is 717-456-4932.
"This is just one the many ways that Exelon is investing in the future of Peach Bottom and our ability to provide safe, clean and reliable power for two million customers," said Peach Bottom Site Vice President Garey Stathes. "We appreciate the hard work of the many state and local officials from Maryland and Pennsylvania who have been working closely with us to make this trip as safe and event-free as possible."