NCRA got a big delivery Tuesday afternoon - literally.


NCRA got a big delivery Tuesday afternoon - literally.
A 185-foot-long fractionation tower wound its way around McPherson, causing BPU trucks to lift power lines out of the way and blocking traffic on the Highway 81 bypass. The tower weighs 356,000 pounds and is 14 feet in diameter.
“(The tower) divides petroleum into different grades of fuel,” said NCRA Vice President of Human Resources Hope VonBorkenhagen, who added this is a rare delivery for the refinery.
The tower was constructed in Emporia, and shipped by convoy to NCRA. Because of its size, a truck with a long vertical pole attached to its front preceded it to ensure the massive tower could clear all obstacles. The convoy had to stop at several points so BPU workers could lift power lines and, in some cases, lightpoles out of its way.
McPherson Police blocked several roads so the slow-moving convoy could get to its destination unimpeded.