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Alstom ships first unit by river

Posted: Updated: Aug 8, 2011 11:02 AM EDT

CHATTANOOGA (WRCB) - Alstom in Chattanooga shipped its first turbines by river on Monday morning.

Local Alstom workers moved two 130 ton nuclear steam turbines from its state-of-the-art power systems manufacturing site to the adjacent river dock.

From there, they were loaded by crane onto a barge for transport to Exelon's Dresden power station in Morris, Illinois. These are the first-ever turbines to leave Alstom's Chattanooga facility for transportation via America's network of interior waterways. Each turbine is approximately 35 feet long and stands 15 feet tall.

The massive turbines are the second and third built at the new Chattanooga plant. The first unit built at the facility, a smaller rotor, was transported by rail in March to the Midwest.

Alstom credited the facility's placement on the Tennessee River as a major draw for the company when it announced it would build the $300 million factory in Chattanooga.

The Paris-based company operates a state-of-the-art, clean-energy facility with the capacity to manufacture and test the world's largest turbines for fossil steam, nuclear, and gas power plants. In addition to delivering sophisticated new equipment, the Chattanooga employees can support retrofit projects.

The Chattanooga facility will employ around 350 employees when it reaches full production.

Click here for the Alstom in Chattanooga website.

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