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ETDEWEB ID: 20344345
Title: Super trucks: Loads grow so fast that the oil industry's 'transport architects' stopped keeping score on size records
Authors: Laverty, K.
Publication Date: 2003 Apr 07
Journal Name: Oilweek Magazine
Journal Volume: 54
Journal Issue: 14
Product Size: page(s) 42-46
Description/Abstract: Design and construction of the powerful truck tractors that were required to haul a 793,000-pound, 261-feet long, 38-feet high coker-fractionation unit from its Edmonton fabrication site to its Fort McMurray Syncrude Oil sands Complex destination 850 km away are discussed as examples of the oil industry's transportation requirements. They are also an indication of the myriads of planning details that enter into the movements of monster loads such as this one. Safety, assisted by technology, is the top priority on every job done by Premay Equipment, designers and operators of the giant hauling equipment. All Premay operators are linked by satellite communications systems, and every inch of a move has to be preplanned, with the necessary permits and approvals in place. Road conditions, weather problems, and fuel prices are some of the other issues that hauling companies have to deal with routinely. Although the preferred mode of transporting crude bitumen is pipelining wherever possible, the Alberta Utilities and Energy Board estimates that unless there is a dramatic technological breakthrough, or a substantial increase in the price of crude bitumen, pipelining of this product will not be technically or economically feasible within the foreseeable future.
Subject Category Code: 02 PETROLEUM; 03 NATURAL GAS; 32 ENERGY CONSERVATION, CONSUMPTION, AND UTILIZATION
Descriptors: PETROLEUM INDUSTRY; NATURAL GAS INDUSTRY; TRANSPORTATION SYSTEMS; PIPELINES; TRUCKS
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