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Coke Drum Time Lapse Video

We found this great time lapse video hiding on the internet and wanted to bring it to the attention of all the coker people out there. The first part of their journey was from Spain to Los Angeles (7300 miles on a boat) but that wasn’t the hard part. The last 5 miles were the real challenge.

I was fortunate enough to be there during the big move. We all see the coke drums in the structure everyday. It is not until you see these drums next to something “normal” sized like a car or building that you get a real sense of how huge these vessels really are.

More information can be found at these links:
Chevron Drum Project Page
Idesa builds the drums
Mammoet moves the drums

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Posted by: Evan Hyde

Evan Hyde is the director of field services for He previously was president of C2 Nano Technology where they researched surface treatments to combat fouling & corrosion issues in cokers & other petrochemical process units. He was a Senior Engineering Advisor for Becht Engineering Co., Inc. and has consulted on processing improvement and reliability initiatives for coking clients around the world. Prior to joining Becht, Evan worked for ExxonMobil Research and Engineering, as a process engineer, with assignments in research, and troubleshooting for heavy oil upgrading equipment. He holds a B.S. of Chemical Engineering from Pennsylvania State University.