Massive absorber haul for Kemper County coal plant to start Sunday night
Those on both sides of Mississippi Power’s Kemper County coal plant have agreed that it’s a massive construction project.
A perfect illustration of that will slowly roll down East Mississippi highways starting Sunday night.
Columbus-based Burkhalter Rigging will transport two hydrogen sulfide absorbers from Bigbee Valley, a Noxubee County outpost 30 miles south of Columbus, to the Kemper site.
The 76-mile trip will take a week to complete, and the sheer numbers of the move are staggering.
Each of the absorbers is 238 feet long, 21 feet wide, 21 feet high and weighs 1.4 million pounds, according to a Burkhalter press release. Each will be carried on trucks and trailers that have a combined 160 axles, with center dollies and wing dollies to be used at bridge crossings to distribute the weight evenly across the span.
Each 732-wheel transport rig will be 28 feet tall, 22 feet wide, 346 feet long and weigh just shy of 2.5 million pounds. When the wing dollies are deployed to get the transporters across the Noxubee River bridge, the rig will grow to a width of 40 feet and roll on 796 tires.
The convoy, which will include all manner of pilot cars and law enforcement vehicles serving as escorts, will leave Tenn-Tom One Stop at 8 p.m. Sunday and travel down Highway 388 to Highway 45, traveling south in the northbound lane to Scooba. From there, it will head west on Highway 16 through DeKalb before turning south on Highway 493, which will drop it off at the Kemper site.
The convoy will only roll at night. Road closure information can be found on the Mississippi Department of Transportation’s website, www.gomdot.com.
The absorbers were built in Korea and shipped to Alabama’s Port of Mobile. When they arrived, Burkhalter crews put them on barges and floated them up the Tennessee Tombigbee Waterway to Bigbee Valley.
Daily updates and photos of the haul will be available on Burkhalter’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/burkhalterrigging.