BREWER, Maine — Crews at Cianbro’s Eastern Manufacturing Facility in Brewer are preparing to deliver the latest shipment of Maine-produced electrical rooms to Long Harbour, Newfoundland, on behalf of an international mining company that is establishing a nickel processing plant in that region, Cianbro announced Wednesday.
Loading of the modules onto a barge at the Cianbro bulkhead in Brewer is currently under way, with the journey down the Penobscot River and up the East Coast scheduled to get started in the next week or so, depending on weather and operational considerations, Cianbro spokesman Alan Grover said.
Six electrical room modules are scheduled to be loaded on the ocean-going barge now positioned at the bulkhead.
This marks the second of five barge shipments that Cianbro will send off before the project wraps up later this year, Grover said. The first barge set sail in April of 2010 with one module, which is the cornerstone of electrical operations at the new plant.
The six modules on the voyage will include motor control centers and switchgear for plant operations, as well as internal lighting, power distribution and climate control, Grover said.
The modules weigh 150 tons to 450 tons each, depending upon individual characteristics, and have a footprint that covers roughly 25 feet wide by about 60 to 125 feet in length.
Module height ranges from 25 to 50 feet, depending upon the number of stories. Two-story modules are 50 feet in height. Some of the future modules that Cianbro will produce for the project will be three stories tall. A total of 22 electrical rooms will be built and delivered by Cianbro as part of the contract, Grover said.
“Our client is very happy with the quality of the modules,” Cianbro Constructors Vice President & General Manager Joe Cote said. “I am very proud of the team here at the Eastern Manufacturing Facility. Not only have we delivered a high-quality work product, but we have done so very safely. We have had no recordable injuries and no lost-time injuries in more than two years.”