BREWER, Maine — Another locally built refinery module, the fifth of 53 ordered from Cianbro’s Eastern Manufacturing Facility, is poised to be loaded onto a seagoing barge for its 2,300-mile voyage down the Eastern Seaboard to the Gulf of Mexico.
“They’ll start loading on Monday,” Alan Grover, Cianbro spokesman, said Friday.
The fifth module, which is about four stories tall, was moved to the mouth of the bulkhead on Thursday and is visible from the Hampden side of the Penobscot River.
The first four modules left Brewer for their new home at the Motiva Port Arthur Refinery in late March and arrived 26 days later at the refinery’s bulkhead in Port Arthur, Texas.
The second set of four to six modules — heavy-duty industrial steel frames filled with pipes, pumps and electronics — is scheduled to leave Brewer aboard the Columbia Boston barge, guided by the tugboat Emma Foss, on June 12.
“Tides will be ideal around the early afternoon” next Friday for the sendoff, Grover said.
The modules, which can be as large as six stories tall and 700 tons, are too big to travel by roads or rail. After delivering the first load of modules, the barge and tugboat returned to Maine with two 80,000-pound temperature-controlling pressure vessels that will be installed in future modules now under construction.
Pittsfield-based Cianbro Corp. was hired by Motiva Enterprises LLC to build 53 refinery modules, which will be sent out to Texas over the next year. Cianbro set up its Eastern Manufacturing Facility along the Penobscot River in Brewer, at the site of the old Eastern Fine paper mill, to build the modules. The company now employs about 400 skilled laborers in Brewer and another 70 or so at a pipe-making plant in Bangor.