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Wide load shuts M53 as giant part of £45m furnace is moved to Stanlow refinery

A giant part of a £45m furnace is moved on the M53 which was closed between junction 5 at Hooton and junction 10 for Cheshire Oaks, to accommodate the abnormal load heading to Essar's Stanlow refinery. The structure is 26.5 metres long and five times higher than a double decker bus and will become part of the UK's first furnace capable of running on 100% hydrogen. The motorway was closed for three miles, as the load was moved very slowly and carefully towards the port with help from National Highways.
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