The salvage of a 250-ton transformer at Tytsjerk will start after Christmas, grid operator TenneT said.
The colossus fell from a self-propelled trailer on September 7, which was driving towards the Louwsmeer high-voltage substation. In recent weeks, Tennet has been racking its brains over the question of how to store the heavy equipment.
It is now certain that the transformer will be dismantled on site and will be removed in parts, according to Tennet spokesperson Matthijs Coops. The parts that are still usable will be reused. Other pieces go to recycling, he says.
Before dismantling starts, a zero measurement is made to see if no oil has leaked from the transformer. According to Coops, this has not been the case so far. It is expected that no oil will be released during the work, but TenneT wants to be sure. After the salvage, the soil will be re-examined, reports Coops.
Over the past two months, the recovery of the collapsed road has been a priority for TenneT. Last month, the low-loader, on which the transformer was lying, was salvaged and removed. Preparations for removing the transformer have already started. The actual salvage will start after Christmas, probably early next year, says Coops.
A letter was sent to local residents on Monday with information about the state of affairs.