Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Workin in Texas

I am now back in Darrington, WA. getting boat parts together and prepping for the trip back to the Virgins. Thought I would include some pictures of the project I worked at the South Texas Nuclear Project.

I was working for Bigge Crane and Rigging removing the old reactor head and doing the install on the new one. The head weighs 70 tons so it was a interesting rigging job.Radiation levels were a high in the center of the head at 140 mrem/hour. I picked up 10 mrem for time spent there. Not bad.

The crane we used was a 300 ton Leibehrr. The device used to pull the head out of containment consisted of two very large girders mounted on a triple set of rolling wheels similar to train trucks. We used the crane to move the head from a vertical position to a horizontal position when outside the building. While in containment we used a 5oo ton overhead polar crane to change the configuration so we could get it out the hole in the side of the building.

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