Asiaborg discharges nacelles and hubs

On Monday and Tuesday, longshoremen at the Port Terminal discharged 37 wind turbine nacelles from the Asiaborg, each with a hub attached. Together, they will sit at the top of the finished wind turbine. The nacelle, with the company name, Acciona on it, holds the machinery for the wind turbine; the hub will hold the 3 blades. They are together for the trip over from Spain only because it was easier to load the ship that way. The piece as you see it will not fit on the truck that will soon carry each piece to wind farms in Montana, Oklahoma and Illinois. The piece in the picture will be taken to another area of the Port Terminal where it will be taken apart. The hubs will not necessarily be reunited with the nacelles they came with. Once separated, they are just interchangeable parts. Eighteen of the nacelles and 18 of the hubs will be taken to Illinois and 18 of each will go to Oklahoma; one pair will go to Montana. The special rigging just above the nacelle was sent here by Acciona just for lifting these pieces. Photo taken on September 30, 2008
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 10-01-2008
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