Tallest outdoor lift in New England

United Illuminating Company’s power plant, Bridgeport, CT, USA

When the U.S. decided to do something about air quality in North America, power plants and their emissions were one of the focus areas. Utility companies were required to monitor their stack emissions. This meant safely gaining access to different levels on the structures.

The United Illuminating Company’s Bridgeport, Connecticut, USA plant has two Alimak lifts on its chimney stacks. One travels 144 meters (472 ft), and the other, 42 meters (137 ft).

This is a typical application brought about by the Clean Air Act, which requires continuous emissions monitoring of smokestacks. The Alimak lift is used to carry maintenance and inspection personnel to the monitoring port levels on the stack.

The lifts are of all-galvanized construction with NEMA 4/4X electrical enclosures, designed to withstand coastal climates. One unit qualifies as the tallest outdoor lift in New England.

Lift details

Bridgeport, Connecticut, USA
Installation year
Chimney stack
No. of lifts
Lift type
300 kg
Lifting heights
144 m and 42 m
United Illuminating Company’s power plant

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