Huge Imperial replacement tower movement delayed

A collapsed fuel processing tower at Sarnia Imperial refinery Apr. 3, 2019 ( photo by Dave Dentinger)

Imperial’s plans this long weekend to transport a large fuel processing tower to its Sarnia refinery has been delayed until Monday.

The big move from Chester Street to the Imperial Refinery was scheduled for Sunday but is now supposed to happen on Monday at 6:30 p.m.

The transport is expected to be a slow one, as the 180-foot tower isn’t expected to arrive on site until Tuesday around 8:30 a.m.

Because of its large size, some roadways will be shut down while it is being transported.

Map of Imperial tower route (Courtesy of Sarnia Police Service)

According to Sarnia police Cst. Nelson Amaral, the vessel will need to take multiple 20 point turns.

The route starts at the local fabricating shop on Chester Street, goes eastbound on Confederation Street, south on Blackwell Side Road, west on Churchill Line to Plank Road, back onto Churchill Line to Scott Road, and then west on Imperial Avenue to the plant on Vidal Street South.

Police are asking the public to avoid these roads during the transport times.

The company has said a design change during maintenance in 2011 was a contributing factor in the collapse of the old tower on April 2.

The fuel processing vessel will replace one that collapsed at Imperial in April of this year.

With files from Josh Boyce and Dave Dentinger