During four days in August the Holland Board of Public Works will be transporting major components for the new Holland Energy Park from Verplank Dock. The equipment on the move from August 9 – 12 will be the heat recovery steam generators (HRSGs) for Holland’s new power generating facility.
The HRSGs capture waste heat from the power generation process and use it to create the steam that drives Holland’s steam turbine generator and ultimately the downtown snowmelt system. The new HRSGs at the Holland Energy Park will eventually allow HBPW to expand Holland’s existing snowmelt system and offer additional services.
The HRSGs are big, really big. They will be transported from the waterfront via 13th Street on special crawler equipment that moves at just over two miles per hour. At 70 feet long, nearly 20 feet tall and 17 feet wide, they will require the full width of the streets along the route they will travel.
For that reason, the Holland Police Department will be closing the streets along the transit route on a rolling basis to make sure the HRSGs can move through safely. That means that for some periods during August 9 – 12 residents along the transit route will need to plan for street traffic and parking closures in front of their homes in advance of and during the HRSG’s transit.
“The HRSGs are a critical part of the benefits and value the Holland Energy Park is going to deliver to our community,” said Dave Koster, HBPW general manager. “We apologize for any inconvenience the transit may cause, and we are committed to being as efficient as possible with the time needed to get the HRSGs safely to their new home.”
The schedule* for the transit is:
- Sunday, August 9 – 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.
- Monday, August 10 – 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.
- Tuesday, August 11 – 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.
- Wednesday, August 12 -10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.
*Subject to change.