Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Waterway Is Power Trip for Region's New Pounds 500m Gas-Fired Station ... ; Ship Canal Used to Transport Giant partsStation Will Supply One Million Homes

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Waterway Is Power Trip for Region's New Pounds 500m Gas-Fired Station ... ; Ship Canal Used to Transport Giant partsStation Will Supply One Million Homes

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ENGINEERS building a Pounds 500m gas-fired power station at Carrington are turning to their Victorian forebears for help. They are using the 120-year-old Manchester Ship Canal to transport parts of the building to their site, near Sale. The canal, which was a marvel of Victorian engineering when it opened in 1893, remains the longest river navigation canal in the world and is only slightly shorter than the Panama Canal in Central America.

Now 21st century engineers at engineering and power company Alstom have been using it to ferry barges carrying parts of the power station's boiler to the site...

to help keep lorries off local roads. A spokesman for Alstom said: "We've been bringing some big pieces of kit to the site by canal and there is more to come.

They are so large that transporting them by road would cause some blockages to traffic. "Construction is going well and is expected to be completed on schedule." " Among the next parts of the station to be transported'along the ship canal are expected to be the power station's giant gas turbines. …

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