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Wind turbine parts on the move

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PASCO, Wash. -- If you drive along any of the state routes in Walla Walla or Franklin counties, you may have seen trucks carrying some unusually big loads.

Those trucks were carrying 160 foot blades that came to the Port of Pasco back in January. They arrived here by train from Vancouver and will be placed on trucks and moved to Pomeroy.

It's part of a large scale project by Siemens clean energy. 1100 vehicles are moving different parts of the turbines. For the Port of Pasco, this project stands out not just because of the size of the load, but the quantity as well.

"By the time it's said and done, we will have probably seen the single largest set of components or the heaviest set of components come in here over a sustained period of time," explains executive director Jim Toomey.

In addition to the blades, the port also received another shipment of parts this week called nacelles. They control the movement of the blades on the turbines, and are expected to be transported in the first week of June.

Two trucking companies are part of the project. When they're all delivered they'll create 149 wind turbines.