AGF Access Group awarded Bechtel contract

19 September 2019

Bechtel Power Corporation has awarded Montreal-based AGF Access Group (AAG) with a contract for the design and supply of 12 Hydro Mobile mast climbers for the Vogtle nuclear expansion project near Waynesboro, GA. A separate contract will include all site services such as supervision, training and technical support. First and final deliveries are scheduled for September and December 2019 respectively.

According to the Georgia Power website, the new nuclear units are the first to be built in the U.S. in the last three decades.

“Because of our experience in the nuclear market both here in North America and overseas, AAG has become recognized as the access expert to count on,” said Alex Di Domenico, VP, major projects, AAG.

Bechtel purchased the Hydro Mobile work and transport platforms, towers, and associated components to provide access around the Shield Buildings at the Vogtle Nuclear Facility; for both Unit 3 and Unit 4. A Hydro Mobile dual F2 transport platform system was required for Unit 3, and eight Hydro Mobile M2 work platforms and one Hydro Mobile dual F2 transport platform system were required for Unit 4.

The eight Hydro Mobile M2 mast climbing work platforms will provide the workers with large, seven-foot wide decks, anywhere from 2 to 10 feet in length with access to construct the Unit 4 Shielding Building. The 22,000-pound capacity platforms will have an operating speed of 3 feet/min, power drive system, and hydraulic ratchet drive.

The Hydro Mobile F2 Series mast climbers, a model popular for its speed, are capable of travelling at 38 ft/min, and offering a capacity of up to 3,500 pounds.The F2 can be split into two transport platforms, each travelling independently on one side of the mast tower set up as needed for construction and transport for both the Unit 3 and 4 Shielding Building.

“Hydro Mobile mast climbers are high-quality machines engineered to transport personnel and equipment while providing a safe working environment,” said Allen Heape, sales mManager, Hydro Rents Carolina. “With AAG’s project management and engineering consulting services, Hydro Mobile’s manufacturing, and Hydro Rents’ supervision and training on site, it’s a winning combination for any complex project.”

“AAG is known for our ability to execute complex major projects with proficiency and first-rate customer service,” said Domenico. “We make a difference in sectors such as bridges and highways, power plants, nuclear facilities, dams and more. We have earned the reputation for being the best in the access business.”

The new units are expected to generate enough emission-free electricity to power approximately 500,000 homes and businesses.

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