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Electric generating units set to arrive this week

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Posted at 2:13 AM, Jan 24, 2018
and last updated 2018-01-24 05:50:11-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - The first of two natural gas-fired generators is scheduled to be delivered to the City of Tallahassee's electric utility Substation 12 this week.

The Sub12 Reliability Project, which began construction last summer, will provide enhanced electric reliability for critical customers serviced by the substation, a Tallahassee news release said. Those customers include Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare and the Tallahassee Police Department.

When construction is completed this summer, the two generators will provide backup power to the substation as needed, including during storms.

The enormous generating units will arrived in Tallahassee by rail Wednesday. Each weighs 310,000 pounds.

They will be delivered by a push-and-pull truck that is about 254 feet in length and supported by 12 axles with eight tires per axle.

It is anticipated to take more than eight hours to transport the first unit from the railyard near Roberts Avenue and unload it at Substation 12, located off Centerville Road near Betton Road.

To minimize traffic impacts, the first unit will be moved at night beginning between 9 and 10 p.m.

Crews have been preparing for the transport, which could require raising utility lines and trimming tree limbs along the delivery route.

Transport of the second generator will be coordinated once the first unit has been installed and is anticipated to occur at night on Wednesday, Jan. 31, following the same route.

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