CMI Energy receives historic shipment at Port of Erie

An Erie, Pennsylvania engineering company with a manufacturing legacy of more than 100 years is making history again. CMI Energy, a company that designs, engineers, procures and provides aftermarket support for Heat Recovery Steam Generators (HRSGs) worldwide, is behind the arrival of an 86,890-square-foot, 13,452,000-pound shipment into the Port of Erie.

The shipload weighs more than the total weight of all freight received in the port over the last eight years, according to Brenda Sandberg, Executive Director at Erie-Western Pennsylvania Port Authority.

This is the first time since the 1990s a large-scale project designed and engineered by CMI Energy will be coming into the Port of Erie. CMI Energy specifically chose the Port of Erie over several other ports in the area. There were several reasons for the decision, including support of the local economy and the Erie port authority’s willingness to accommodate the large shipment. CMI is partnering with two other Erie businesses, Donjon Shipbuilding & Repair and Barnhart Transportation, for logistics.

“The two assembled HRSGs will take up around one acre. The units generally stand over 150 feet with the stacks,” said Larry Garcia, CMI CEO.

The components for a Heat Recovery Steam Generator arrived at the port July 22 and began unloading July 23, a process which takes several weeks. Once unloaded, the components will be transported to New Castle, Pennsylvania where they will be assembled. The finished steam generator will convert natural gas to electricity and provide power to Pennsylvania.

“There are more than 700 CMI Energy Heat Recovery Steam Generators around the globe, but this is the first time that many CMI employees will be able to see firsthand what they have been designing,” said Garcia.

Maritime Editorial