Mar. 11 - A convoy, the length of a soccer field, snakes through Eastern France, in an effort to transport a mammoth gas turbine destined for the United States. Jeanne Yurman reports.
This monstrous chain of trailers and trucks attracted loads of attention in Selestat France. As long as a soccer field, this beastly convoy took three years and 800,000 euros or well over a million U.S. dollars to design and move. All to transport a giant gas turbine, made by General Electric, to its final destination in Greenville, South Carolina in the United States. Moving its awesome weight of nearly 400 tonnes required a special stretch trailer, explains General Electric Logistics Manager, Thierry Dantec. GENERAL ELECTRIC LOGISTICS MANAGER THIERRY DANTEC SAYING: "It distributes the weight more effectively which means the convoy is longer but it is more flexible, it is easier to take detours and turns on curved roads." While moving only 20 kilometres or 12 miles per hour, watching the transport is as much fun as any mainstream sporting event, says local resident Laurent. LOCAL RESIDENT LAURENT SAYING: "Frankly it's as if the Tour de France was going through Selestat, it's excellent." The convoy, which left from Belfort, will stop in Strasbourg where the turbine will be loaded onto a barge. Then it's on to Antwerp in Belgium, where a ship bound for the U.S. awaits.