Cianbro crews 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 brand new nickel processing plant in that region. Loading the massive modules onto a barge at the Cianbro bulkhead in Brewer is currently underway. The voyage down the Penobscot River and up the Atlantic Coast is expected to get underway in the next week or so, depending on weather and operational considerations.
Six Electrical Room Modules are scheduled to be loaded on the ocean-going barge now positioned at the bulkhead. This is the second of five barge shipments that Cianbro will send off before the project wraps up later this year. The first barge left in April of 2011 with one module. That module is a cornerstone of the electrical operations at the new plant. The six modules on this voyage will include motor control centers and switchgear for plant operations, as well as internal lighting, power distribution and climate control.
The modules weigh approximately 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 feet 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 this project will be three stories tall (75 feet). A total of 22 E-Rooms will be built and delivered by Cianbro as part of the Design Build contract.
“Our client is very happy with the quality of the modules," said Cianbro Constructors Vice President & General Manager Joe Cote. "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. That means each and every team member has been dedicated and committed to safety, adding personal value that benefits us all.”