Giant convoy of trailers pulls gigantic 900 ton tube across Edmonton

At over 900 tons and 300 feet tall, it is a little bit larger than the average heavy load.

However, haulage firms have a solution for transporting this massive pipe across Edmonton in Canada – a convoy of trailers towed by trucks.

The giant pipe will be part of the Heartland Petrochemical Complex, a massive project to convert propane into plastic being built in Edmonton.

The giant convoy is moving the pipe from Edmonton, Alberta to a nearby suburb.

The short journey began on Sunday night and will take four days. 

According to CBC, the Alberta government says the splitter is the ‘heaviest load ever to travel on Alberta’s highway network’.

Including all vehicles involved, the convoy will span 590 feet in length, over 31 feet in width, and over 42 feet in height.

It will take up both lanes and the shoulder of a two-lane highway.

 and its purpose—according to Inter Pipeline, the company building it—will be to ‘convert locally sourced, low-cost propane into 525,000 tonnes per year of polypropylene’ plastic.

The pipe is officially called a ‘Propylene-Propane Splitter’ distillation column, and its job will be to help make plastic out of propane.   

The huge pipe, part of the $2.5 billion being spent on the project, was built by Dacro Industries in Edmonton.

 

 

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