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Cianbro prepares to ship more electrical building modules

John Clarke Russ | BDN
John Clarke Russ | BDN
Workers (upper left) stand atop one of the massive electrical modules Thursday, Jan. 19, 2012. The modules will soon be loaded onto a barge at Cianbro's Eastern Manufacturing Facility in Brewer for their trip north to a new nickel processing plant in Newfoundland.
By Nok-Noi Ricker, BDN Staff

BREWER, Maine — Additional electrical modules will soon be loaded onto an awaiting barge at Cianbro’s Eastern Manufacturing Facility for the trip north to a new nickel-processing plant in Newfoundland, Cianbro spokesman Alan Grover said Thursday.

“We’re getting close to shipping a couple of those e-rooms,” he said, adding that the barge may depart in the next two weeks.

The first of 22 electrical building modules constructed for Brazil-based Vale, an international mining company that is constructing a processing plant in Long Harbour, Newfoundland, was shipped in April 2011.

The massive gray modules, which are filled with switch gears and major electrical components, are some of the largest-scale electric rooms that have ever been constructed, Cianbro has said. They are part of a multiphase construction project in Long Harbour.

The first module took three months to construct and was 140 feet long, 45 feet wide and 25 feet tall. It weighed more than 600 tons.

The modules that slowly have been lined up at the site’s bulkhead over the last week or so appear just as massive. The huge barge that will take them to Canada arrived at the end of last week.

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