New transformer arrives by rail at nuclear station

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. - McGuire Nuclear Station received a new main transformer Tuesday.   The transformer arrived by the railroad and affected traffic on Highway 73 at Cowans Ford Dam and Killian Farm Road.   The new transformer will be installed in 2015, according to Duke Energy.   The transformer weighs approximately 800,000 pounds and was transported on the railroad due to its weight and dimensions.

Heavy equipment is often delivered to the station using the railroad system. In 2012, a new generator stator was delivered to the site on the railroad, and another generator stator will arrive this summer. New equipment, along with other changes, ensure the station continues to deliver safe and reliable service for years to come, according to Duke Energy.