​Third major vessel on the road to Inter Pipeline petrochemical plant

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Update: The move of this vessel has been delayed due to extreme temperatures, Inter Pipeline Ltd. told JWN on Monday morning. More information to come when it is available.

The third of four major moves of oversized equipment in the next several weeks is on its way from Edmonton to Inter Pipeline Ltd.’s Heartland Petrochemical Complex construction site near Fort Saskatchewan.

Alberta issued a travel advisory on Friday afternoon for an oversize wide load that could disrupt traffic starting over the weekend until it reaches the site on Wednesday.

The vessel, fabricated by Cessco, is a 728-tonne, 48-metre long polypropylene reactor that will be part of Inter Pipeline’s $3.5-billion facility.

The vessel will be used to convert propylene into a powdered substance used to fabricate products including medical equipment, athletic apparel and food storage containers.

The move of the vessel to the site, which will use the entire width of a two-lane highway including the shoulder, is being conducted by Mammoet.

The heavy lift and logistics company has successfully moved two other major loads to the site this year including an 820-tonne, 97-metre long propylene-propane splitter that is the largest vessel by volume ever fabricated in Alberta.

There is one more oversized move of a key component from Edmonton to the site coming up in March, Inter Pipeline’s Steven Noble told JWN.

The Heartland Petrochemical Complex is Canada’s first of its kind, and has up to $200 million in royalty credits committed from the Government of Alberta..

Construction completion is scheduled for late 2021.