Earlier in 2013 Essar Energy’s Stanlow oil refinery took delivery of a 450 tonne catalytic cracker unit. It was one of the largest loads to have been moved along UK roads for many years.
The 450 tonne load travels along the M53 motorway in the UK
The 18 metre tall, 450 tonne load was transported from Ellesmere Port docks on the north west coast of England to the refinery using self propelled modular transporter (SPMT). The SPMT was made up of 30 axles lines, four files wide. Combined with the cargo, the gross weight of the transport was 700 tonnes.
Cat cracker coming down the slip road
For part of the journey the cargo was moved along the M53, an 18.9 mile motorway on the Wirral Peninsula. Along that road 16 motorway lights had to have their lamps removed as they where preventing forward progress of the load.
Clearing the barriers on the roundabout
Once off the motorway steady progress was made as preparations, including tree pruning, had been previously carried out. It took six hours for the transport to cover the four mile (6.5 km) journey to the refinery.
Bollards and other street obstacles removed from a traffic island
The unit is part of a five year project to exchange the head unit of the residue cat cracker. It is the largest in Europe and will enable the refinery to process the poorest parts of crude oil into diesel. Continue reading “Stanlow cat cracker on UK motorway” »