Generator Refurbishment Project – Mexico to/from NC

Client Name: Power plant in Mexico
Project Type:
Project Location: Valle Hermoso, Mexico to/from Pineville, NC
Completion Date: 07/31/2012

TTS transported a generator from a power plant near Valle Hermoso, Mexico to a Siemens repair facility in Pineville, North Carolina, and then back to Mexico. Because things were so unstable in the area, the client arranged for security to be provided by the Mexican army (a team of 30 men) to protect the loading and movement of the generator. The TTS team managed the project from end-to-end, including engineering design, clearance drawings, securement designs, crane work, shipment tracking and custom securement welding. After the generator was cleaned and maintained in North Carolina, TTS had to transport the generator back to the power plant in Mexico via special train service to meet the customer's outage schedule at the power plant. Despite significant safety and security challenges, the cargo was delivered (and returned) on-time, on-budget and damage free, with no injuries.

The Solution

The TTS team managed the project from end-to-end, including engineering design, clearance drawings and securement designs. We arranged the rail transport and worked with the client and the Mexican army security team to ensure that the generator was safely loaded onto a truck at the plant, transported to the rail site, loaded onto the rail car, secured to the rail car and shipped to the final destination. We also provided crane work, shipment tracking and custom securement welding. From North Carolina back to Mexico, we used a special railcar to expedite the return, but then had to hold the cargo for a week on the U.S. side of the border due to the region being so unstable at the time.

The Challenge

The project’s most significant challenge was working in an unstable area with serious security issues. TTS needed to transport the client’s generator from a power plant near Valle Hermoso, Mexico to a Siemens repair facility in Pineville, North Carolina. The threat was so great that the client arranged for security to be provided by the Mexican army (a team of 30 men) to protect the loading and movement of the generator from the plant to the rail location and to provide protection while it was loaded and secured to the rail car. The generator was then transported to North Carolina to be cleaned and maintained. When that was complete, TTS had to transport the generator back to the power plant in Mexico via special train service to meet the customer's outage schedule at the power plant.  On the return, TTS had to unexpectedly hold the cargo for a week at the U.S. border because Mexico’s presidential election had heightened safety concerns.

The Results

TTS was able to successfully wok with a Mexican company to provide an end-to-end transport solution, despite significant safety and security challenges. The cargo was delivered (and returned) on-time, on-budget and damage free, with no injuries.