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December 22, 2011 at 9:02 AM

Giant refinery tank recovered from Puget Sound

The Associated Press

FERNDALE, Whatcom County —  Salvage workers have recovered a 475-ton stainless steel tank that fell into northern Puget Sound on the way to a BP refinery near Ferndale.

BP spokesman says Bill Kidd says two of the largest crane barges on the West Coast were used Wednesday to lift the cylinder out of the water. Workers planned to move it ashore during a Thursday high tide.

Made in South Korea, the cylinder is 140 feet long and 12 feet in diameter, and is worth millions of dollars. It’s part of a $400 million project to equip the refinery to produce cleaner low-sulfur diesel.

Kidd says the cylinder wasn’t damaged Dec. 9 when it was accidentally dropped off a barge in the Strait of Georgia near Cherry Point. It sank in 120 feet of water.

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