Williams Crane and Rigging Tapped for Power Plant Work

Feb 13, 2003

(RICHMOND,Va.) Williams Crane and Rigging, a Division of Barnhart Crane and Rigging Co., has been selected by an international industrial general contractor company, to transport and set turbines and generators at a power plant under construction in Virgina.

Williams Crane and Rigging has been hired to receive, transport and set four General Electric 7EA turbine/generator sets and one General Electric 7FA turbine/generator set at the Virgina job site.

According to Jack Williams, Williams Crane and Rigging, the company was selected for the project because of the previous positive experience had with parent company Barnhart Crane and Rigging. "This company has confidence in our capabilities and knows that we bring value to the job. That, coupled with Williams Crane and Rigging's outstanding reputation in the Mid-Atlantic states, made us an obvious choice for the job. Plus, our Richmond office is only about 65 miles from the project,"  Williams added.

The power plant components are being delivered by rail to Orange, Va., approximately 12 miles from the construction site. Williams Crane and Rigging has been utilizing 12 lines of Goldhofer platform trailer pulled by a Prime Mover to transport the 7EA pieces. The 7FA components will be hauled on 18 lines of Goldhofer. The 7EA gas turbines weigh 293,000 lbs each; the 7EA steam generators weigh 333,000 lbs. each. The 7FA gas turbines weigh 377,000 lbs. each, and the 7FA steam generators weigh 540,000 lbs. each.

The 7EA equipment is being set using the slide and jack method. The 7FA equipment will be set using a gantry crane system. To date, Williams Crane and Rigging has set three 7EA turbines and two 7EA generators. Transport and setting work is expected to be completed in December.

Williams Crane and Rigging was established 37 years ago and was purchased earlier this year by Barnhart Crane and Rigging Co. Barnhart, established in 1969, is a leading national supplier of specialized heavy rigging and transportation solutions. The company, with 14 locations across the United States, also provides crane services, machinery moving and plant relocations, as well as project cargo logistics and heavy equipment storage at its 100-acre, 700,000-square-foot warehouse facility in Memphis, Tenn.  Barnhart Crane & Rigging, an ISO 9001 certified supplier, also operates terminal facilities at thePort of Memphis; Decatur, Ala.; and the deepwater Port of Mobile, Ala. For more information, visit

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