an agreement. ;e project team met with the city’s representatives and found
that the community had a wish list of its own. It wanted to build a sailboat training facility for local children but lacked the necessary funds.
“;ey showed us their drawings, and they said, ‘;is is what we’d like to do,
but we don’t have any money,’” Mr. Miller says. “So we funded their facility and
;gured out how to bring these drums in without impacting anybody’s life in a
;e team also had to avoid disrupting Redondo Beach’s summer boating sea-
son. So it asked its Spanish manufacturer to deliver the drums a month early. To
compress the schedule, project managers looked for ways to complete tasks in
tandem and reduce bottlenecks, such as renting a transporter that would move
the drums between shops at the Spanish manufacturing facility more quickly.
“We knew that if we couldn’t bring it in that way, we might have to bring
them in pieces and assemble them on-site,” Mr. Roos says. “We got much better
quality drums by being able to have them built completely in the shops.”
Once it had found these e;ciencies, the team was con;dent it would be able
to bring the drums in before the start of boating season. But the new route had
its own obstacles. For example, the power company estimated that more than
20,000 homes in neighboring Hermosa Beach would lose power each night of
the move. ;e project team knew there had to be a better way. ;e team was
able to avoid outages and maintain service to the entire area by working closely
with the power company to engineer new ways to reroute power.
“We were really looking for a positive community impact out of this project,”
Mr. Roos says. “In the end, nobody lost any power.”
BUILDING PUBLIC SUPPORT
To ensure there were no surprises on the night of the big moves, the project
team rolled out a public outreach campaign. Newsletters and media reports
pushed people to a website that shared information about the project. But the
2009: Chevron begins
a study to determine
whether the six coke
drums at its El Segundo
refinery in Los Angeles
County, California, USA
need to be replaced.
May 2012: The company
green-lights a US$150
million project to replace
December 2012: A
completes fabrication of
new coke drums.
The drums are transported
from Redondo Beach, 4
miles south of El Segundo,
to the refinery.
April 2014: Installation
of the new drums begins
during a scheduled refinery
June 2014: The project
closes four months ahead
The coke drums arrived at California’s Port of
Los Angeles from Spain in January 2013 and
were transported two at a time via a barge
into the Redondo King Harbor Marina.