Lessons from the transport of the Space Shuttle Endeavour on city streets to its new home in a Los Angeles museum last September gave Chevron staff, engineers and consultants a world of research to draw upon for their transit of 6 coke drum units from Europe to their El Segundo refinery, said Jeff Wilson, Chevron spokesperson last week, just before the final two cokers were to be trekked from Redondo Beach to El Segundo Wednesday.
Wilson said the coker transporters were built "specifically for the 280-foot-long coke drums."
The coke drums were moved two per week beginning on Feb. 18 and ending on March 7. The treks through Redondo Beach, Hermosa Beach and Manhattan Beach required the closure of Pacific Coast Highway/Sepulveda Boulevard on three consecutive Wednesday nights/Thursday morning as the slow but steady procession made its way to Chevron's El Segundo refinery.
About the only downside to the whole process, said Wilson, was the fact that Chevron could not find a manufacturer in the United States that could make the coke drum units.
Did you catch any of the activity surrounding the transport of the 6 coke drum units? Did you see the cokers firsthand? What did you think of the project?