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London Thamesport Handles High-Energy Specialist Cargo

20th May 2010

London Thamesport is playing its part in an international energy operation, having taken delivery of a second transformer for the organisation BritNed.

BritNed is a joint venture between National Grid and TenneT. The goal is to construct and operate an electricity link between the Isle of Grain in Great Britain and Maasvlakte in Rotterdam, the first, and only, one of its kind.

Manufactured in Germany by Siemens, the transformer is one of fourteen destined for the project, all weighing approximately 200 tonnes. They are designed to ensure that the 1,000MW that can be transmitted across the BritNed cable will be able to connect to the transmission networks in Great Britain (400kV) and the Netherlands (380kV) easily and efficiently.

David Gledhill, Chief Exective Officer of Hutchison Ports (UK) Ltd, which owns London Thamesport commented:

"Although best known as a container port, we have the experience and skills at London Thamesport to handle a range of other cargo types. These heavy-lift items were handled quickly and efficiently and we can offer a similar service to a range of other break-bulk cargoes."

London Thamesport also has a bulk-handling facility developed for Resin Trade that transfers dry bulk pellets from containers, to a silo, before delivery to road vehicles, and extensive warehouse facilities.

ENDS

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For further information please contact Paul Davey, Head of Corporate Affairs on Tel No: +44 (0) 1394 602063, Fax No: +44 (0) 1394 604943 or E-mail:
daveyps@hpuk.co.uk www.londonthamesport.co.uk.

London Thamesport (LTP) is located in the heart of Southeast England, 10 miles from the M2 motorway, 35 miles from London. It is one of the UK’s busiest container ports. LTP is a member of the Hutchison Port Holdings (HPH) Group. HPH, a subsidiary of the multinational conglomerate Hutchison Whampoa Limited (HWL), is the world's leading port investor, developer and operator with interests in a total of 51 ports, spanning 25 countries throughout Asia, the Middle East, Africa, Europe, the Americas and Australasia. HPH also owns a number of transportation-related service companies.
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