Bigge Delivers the Power at the New Antelope Generating Station

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Bigge is hauling and setting eighteen nine-megawatt, 300,000 pound reciprocating engine-generators. At the project site, each generator will be set on individual foundations using a variation of a jack and skid technique to a tolerance of 2mm. To date, Bigge has successfully transported and set twelve of the eighteen generators.

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The first portion of this project has been completed ahead of schedule, on-budget, and to everyone's satisfaction

    Bigge Crane and Rigging is helping construct a new gas-fired power plant just outside of Lubbock in Abernathy, Texas. Called Antelope Station, Bigge is hauling and setting eighteen nine-megawatt, 300,000 pound reciprocating engine-generators. All told, the project will take Bigge under three months on site to complete.

Bigge will transload eighteen engine generators from rail cars utilizing a hydraulic gantry system, then lift, set, and secure them on a SPMT transporter for over-the-road transportation to the Abernathy plant site. At the project site, each generator will be set on individual foundations using a variation of a jack and skid technique to a tolerance of 2mm. To date, Bigge has successfully transported and set twelve of the eighteen generators.

"The first portion of this project has been completed ahead of schedule, on-budget, and to everyone’s satisfaction", reported Bigge’s client, "The Bigge project team’s pro-active approach has ensured there were no surprises or last minute issues – it has been a very smooth execution done by a very professional team."

Antelope Station is using quick-start generators, which achieve full output in as little as ten minutes, whereas traditional generators take from one to four hours to start. Antelope Station is expected to go online sometime in 2011, generating over 170 megawatts capable of powering up to 55,000 homes.

ABOUT BIGGE CRANE

Bigge Crane and Rigging is one of North America’s largest crane sales and crane rental companies. Bigge specializes in heavy lift rigging and specialized transportation projects for the refinery, petrochemical, power and civil infrastructure industries. Bigge’s headquarters are located in San Leandro, CA, with ten offices nationwide.

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