The Manitowoc car ferry is being used for much more than transporting

By Edna Crawford,2014-07-09 03:36
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The Manitowoc car ferry is being used for much more than transporting


    Mary Schmidt, Weidert Group 920-731-2771 x285

    Expansion at the Manitowoc Power Plant

     The USS Badger car ferry will steam into Manitowoc Friday carrying more than passengers. It will be delivering a 100-ton portion of the boiler for the expansion at the Manitowoc Power Plant. On Saturday, construction crews will lift the 200,000-pound super heater into place with a locally-built Manitowoc 2250 crawler crane - that?s 100 tons dangling from a crane 100 feet in the air.

    Oscar J. Boldt Construction, a division of The Boldt Company, is the installation contractor on the expansion of the Manitowoc Power Plant. Manitowoc Public Utilities is building a new 63.4-megawatt petroleum coke fired power-generating unit at the site of the existing plant south of downtown Manitowoc.

    The 200,000-pound super heater, built by Kvaener Power in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, will be arriving at Manitowoc car ferry dock Friday morning, September 24. Construction crews have used the USS Badger to transport 18 loads of materials thus far in construction. The huge super heater is being transported on a semi-trailer with 19 axles and will be trucked to the power plant for installation.

Why should you care?

    --The new plant will burn a low-cost fuel, petroleum coke, which is a waste product of the oil refinery industry.

    --The new plant will employ a Fluidized Bed Boiler, which is a state-of-the-art “Clean Coal” technology.

    --Demand for electrical power in Wisconsin is increasing at a rate of 2.5% per year.

    --Most electric power in Wisconsin is produced by plants that are more than 25 years old.

    --This is the first “base load” power plant to be constructed in Wisconsin since 1985.

Some details on the project:

    Owner: Manitowoc Public Utilities

    Engineer: Kvaerner Power, Inc.

    Project Value: $80 million

    General Contractor: Oscar J. Boldt Construction

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