PASCO, Wash-- From the cable bridge it looks like a sky scrapper, but it's actually the largest land-based crane in the world and it was built right here in Tri-Cities.
The massive blue crane was built by none other than Lampson Crane. It can lift and move more than 2,600 tons and it only took a year to build in Pasco. Pretty soon it's going to be taken apart and shipped to the other side of the world.
It's stretches almost the length of a football field and it makes lifting a concrete block look as light as a feather.
"Our's is unique because we have a front crawler and we have a rear crawler and that's unique in the industry," said Bryan Pepin-Donat, Lampson Director of International Business.
You can see the $20 million crane while crossing the cable bridge.
"The crane is very mobile, it has a long reach. As you can see there's a boom and there's a jab. On the smaller part we can lift 700 metric tons," said Pepin-Donat.
In January this massive crane is going to be shipped all the way to China where it will help build six nuclear power plants.
Lampson won a contract with China Nuclear Energy Corporation and soon the crane will be put on a barge in the Columbia River and then a ship provided by the Chinese we take it across the pacific. Engineers from China are here learning how to operate it.
"I love America, very nice, everybody is very nice and friendly," said Lu Xiaojun, Engineer at China Nuclear Energy Corp.
The nuclear power plants will all be built near Beijing. It's capable of making lifts the China Nuclear Energy Corporation never contemplated.
"This is the biggest crane in the world," said Xiaojun.
Several Lampson workers will stay in China for three months to help set up the crane and get it operating. In China there are plans to build 30 new nuclear power plants.