DRC-bound abnormal load causes traffic delays in Chota Motala Road

2009-08-28 00:00

TRAFFIC ground to a halt on Chota Motala (Old Greytown) Road when six abnormal load trucks drove through the city yesterday on their way to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

One of the trucks slipped gears in the wet weather and stopped, blocking access for the other five trucks.

Msunduzi Municipality traffic department spokesman, Senior Superintendent Kwenza Khumalo, said traffic had to be diverted along an alternative route.

The trucks were carrying components for a plant to produce sulphuric acid in the DRC.

A Durban company, Metso ND Engineering, was chosen to build the equipment. Its spokesman, Nolan Green, said the company is one of the leading fabricators of process equipment in the mining, paper and pulp, petrochemicals and sugar industries.

The trucks were hauling a hot heat exchanger, a cold heat exchanger, a drying tower, an interpass absorption tower, a final absorption tower and a sulphur burner.

Green said the equipment will be used at the Kingamyambo Musonoi Tailings project in the DRC. “This project is primarily for the reprocessing of tailings for the extraction of copper and cobalt.”

Khumalo said the trucks were travelling on an approved route for abnormal loads. The journey should take three weeks.

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