AGF Access Group Awarded Bechtel Contract for Vogtle Nuclear Units

Montreal-based AGF Access Group Inc. (AAG) announced that Bechtel Power Corporation has awarded the company with a contract for the design and supply of 12 Hydro Mobile mast climbers for the Vogtle nuclear expansion project near Waynesboro, Georgia.

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, vice president, 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, 7' wide decks, anywhere from 2 to 10' in length with access to construct the Unit 4 Shielding Building. The easy-to-use, 22,000 lb. capacity platforms will have an operating speed of 3 ft/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 offer a capacity of up to 3,500 lbs. The F2 can be split into two transport platforms, each traveling 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 manager, 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 Di 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.