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Sasol successfully transports tallest tower

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Sasol's tallest tower being transported on Sunday (Source: Candy Rodriguez/KPLC) Sasol's tallest tower being transported on Sunday (Source: Candy Rodriguez/KPLC)
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For Sasol, the transport of its tallest tower was a success.

"This is a significant milestone; it is the tallest component we will have on site," Cusimano said.

The tower is more than a football field in length - standing at a little more than 300 feet - and weighing more than 1,000 tons.

It only had to be transported a little more than 2 miles but the move took a total of two-and-a-half hours. 

The tower was transported on Sunday night which Kim Cusimano, Sasol's public affairs manager, said they prefer to do for one reason.

"We made the transport at night to try to avoid as much community inconvenience as we could," Cusimano said. "As you know, these type of components move very slowly - two, three, sometimes four miles per hour."

The tower is a wash tower, which Cusimano said is a key component.

"From a functional standpoint, the wash tower separates ethylene oxide produced in the reactor from other process gasses," said Cusimano. "It's a key process component of our ethylene oxide derivative unit, which is one of our seven chemical facilities we are building as part of our mega project."

This allows Sasol to move forward with the company's expansion plans. 

On Saturday, the wash tower will be lifted using a special class crane. 

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