A 212-ton transformer, destined for PG&E's Moraga Substation (actually located on Valley View Drive in Orinda), is scheduled to be moved on local roads, including Moraga Way and Valley View, overnight Monday into Tuesday morning.
The transformer is among the largest and heaviest ever to be transported by PG&E, spokeswoman Tamar Sarkissian said Monday. The trailer platform carrying it is 161 feet long, with 80 wheels and 10 axles.
The transformer was assembled in Austria, and was transported to Germany by barge and train. It was then loaded onto a ship to Houston; from there, it moved by rail to Tracy, where it was loaded onto the long platform for its final move to Orinda, Sarkissian said.
The new transformer, she added, "will help improve system reliability in the East Bay by providing more support for the area's growing demand for electricity."