Posted: Jan 11, 2012 3:34 PM
Updated: Jan 11, 2012 5:21 PM
BROWNSVILLE - Tons of pieces of wind turbines are sitting at the Port of Brownsville. It's all part of a wind farm set to be built in Willacy County. Those pieces are causing some reshuffling at the port.
It's a new year with a new challenge for the Port of Brownsville.
"This is the first time that we've received alternative energy wind towers at the Port of Brownsville," says Manuel Ortiz, spokesperson for the Port of Brownsville
Ortiz says it's a project with benefits across the region. Shipments for the project are also coming from other parts of the Valley before they reach their final destination. All of this equipment is only some of what they're expecting.
"We're anticipating another shipment of cargo coming in at some time in the middle of next week, and we're also anticipating a shipment of cargo for the same project in mid-February," says Ortiz.
Right now, they have around 51 pieces of the wind turbines, weighing about 2,700 metric tons. These huge pieces of equipment are just part of the wind towers that are going up for the wind farm in Willacy County. Before it heads north, the Port of Brownsville will store the equipment for 10 to 12 weeks, all this on top of their normal cargo load.
"A majority of the cargo that we move through the Port of Brownsville is steel. We're among the top three ports in the country for the importation and exportation of steel," says Ortiz.
Ortiz says they had more shipments last year than recent years prior. He says they expect that number to go up again this year.
"We're off to a really great start in 2012, and we're anticipating another shipment to come in next week in addition to the cargo that we normally receive," says Ortiz.
The Port of Brownsville is now stuck with the task of rearranging the cargo. They've already moved some cargo to make room for the turbine pieces. They are anticipating having to shift around more of the cargo coming off the ships.
Ortiz says the Port of Brownsville is actively working with other alternative energy companies to bring more of their business.