ExxonMobil (NYSE:XOM) and Imperial Oil have unveiled a test module to demonstrate the safe transportation of oversized shipments with minimal public disruption will begin its journey on April 11 from Lewiston, Idaho. The test module is part of a comprehensive transportation plan to move modules for the Kearl oil sands project from Idaho to Canada. The modules consist of new structural steel, piping and electrical equipment.
“Safety is our top priority, and this test module, which was developed by some of the leading transportation experts in the world, is part of our commitment to moving these modules safely and in accordance with a comprehensive plan submitted to state transportation officials,” said Chris Allard, Kearl project manager.
“We’ve worked with state authorities for nearly three years to produce a plan that not only prioritizes safety, but also creates minimal disruption to traffic, infrastructure and the environment,” added Allard. “The transit will occur between 10:00 p.m. and 5:30 a.m. with state police escort at all times at our expense. We have paid all costs for necessary road and infrastructure improvements.” Permits for the test module demonstration were granted by the Idaho Transportation Department and the Montana Department of Transportation.
ExxonMobil and Imperial Oil remain committed to the successful transportation of the Kearl modules and to providing residents in both Idaho and Montana a full understanding of the project.
As part of that commitment, the companies will launch www.kearltransport.com on April 11 to provide residents with up-to-date information. To date the companies have directly invested over $30 million in Idaho and Montana and expect that the transportation of the Kearl modules could generate over $100 million of economic benefits in both states.
Located 70 kilometers north of Fort McMurray is the Kearl oil sands project, jointly owned between Imperial Oil (operator) and ExxonMobil Canada. It will be one of Canada’s largest open-pit mining operations with regulatory approval for up to 345,000 barrels a day of production.