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Massive Oil Drums Moved to Chevron Refinery

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (KTLA) — Two massive oil drums that arrived this week at King Harbor in Redondo Beach were on the move overnight to the Chevron Refinery in El Segundo.

oil-drumIn the early morning hours Thursday, the two huge oil drums were escorted slowly north from Redondo, up Pacific Coast Highway to Sepulveda Boulevard.

From there, they were transported west on Rosecrans Avenue to Pacific Avenue, where they were dropped off at the Chevron Refinery.

“The drums are 100 feet long, they’re about 30 feet in diameter, they weigh a half a million pounds fully loaded on the transports,” said Jeff Wilson, of Chevron Oil.

According to Wilson, the transports themselves are 280 feet long and weigh over a million pounds fully loaded.

Each of the huge oil drums is larger than the space shuttle, and Chevron plans to ultimately move a total of six to the refinery.

The first two were expected to arrive at the refinery at 3 a.m. Thursday. The other two pairs of drums will be moved on Wednesday nights over the next two weeks.

The drums, which were manufactured in Spain, will be replacing 1960s-era models in the refinery’s coker unit, where materials like gasoline, diesel and jet fuel are derived from crude oil.