artist's rendering of proposed Baraga site

Engine delivery


UMERC engines delivered by cargo ship. Ten engines, called reciprocating internal combustion engines (RICE), were delivered to a private dock in L’Anse, Michigan, by cargo ship May 31. The engines began their journey on the Palabora cargo ship from Italy at the beginning of May. After arriving at the dock, a crane on board the Palabora lifted each engine separately off the ship. Each engine is 46 feet long and 20 feet tall and weighs 325 tons.

Hauling engines to generating station sites. After the initial arrival, seven of the engines were transported to F.D. Kuester Generating Station using three trucks and a 192-wheel, dual-trailer assembly with what amounts to a structural cradle in between. The engines were carried in the cradle, one at a time, to the construction site.

The remaining three engines will be delivered to A.J. Mihm Generating Station this fall. Those deliveries are expected to use a single truck and a single 100-foot-long trailer with 160 wheels.

Road haul arrangements. Many accommodations were made for the engine deliveries, including road restrictions managed by the Michigan Department of Transportation. Escort vehicles accompanied each delivery. Utility companies also were contracted to raise overhead lines where necessary so trailers could pass underneath. The transits occurred at night to minimize traffic interference.

Road route. The trucks transporting the engines to Negaunee Township traveled east on U.S. 41, south on M-35 and then east on Highway 492 to Eagle Mills Road. The heavy-haul trucks transporting the engines to Baraga Township will head west on U.S. 41 and M-38 to Sarya Road.

Engines stored. The seven engines delivered to F.D. Kuester Generating Station are currently stored on timbers at the job site and will be moved into the newly constructed engine hall building this fall.

The three A.J. Mihm Generating Station engines will remain in L’Anse until they are moved directly into the engine hall at the site this fall.