Heaviest piece of hardware to travel Alberta highways expected to reach destination today

By Everything GP (Justin Dionne)
January 9, 2019 - 10:37am

A company with ties to Grande Prairie is working on moving the heaviest load to travel on Alberta's highway.

Mammoet is bringing a large piece of petrochemical equipment called a splitter from Edmonton to the Industrial Heartland near Fort Saskatchewan.

The company says planning the move has been in the works since 2013 and has been a logistical challenge since. The planning involved multiple levels of government and utility provider engagement, as well as several months of preparation to have the equipment ready for transport. 

As part of the move, the company notes highly detailed engineering by both third-party and in-house experts were used to determine bridge strength and pavement integrity.

The Alberta Government says the splitter weighs 820 tonnes, is 96 metres long and weighs more than Caterpillar's largest mining truck which is six times as large. The load also takes up the entire width of a two-lane highway, including the shoulder. 

The load began its journey on Sunday and is expected to reach its destination today.

Mammoet has one location in the Peace Region.

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