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Full decommissioning and demolition of Ethylene Oxide and Ethylene Plant

VALUE:  circa £2 million

CLIENT: DOW Chemicals

LOCATION: Wilton International, Teesside

CONTRACT START:  Sep 2010

CONTRACT FINISH:  Mar 2011

Challenge:
• Aggressive programme.

• Close neighbours on operational site

• 15 30-60m columns to demolish

• Highly contaminated

• Close to live service pipework

Solution:
• Accelerated mobilisation of KDC’s own resources

• Proactive stakeholder liaison

• Very experienced team

• Innovative demolition techniques.

Client testimonial:
Kurt Heringhausen, DOW relationship manager:

“KDC has been true to their word”

Richard Smith, Global Demolition Director:

“great continual attention to EHS performance, on time project schedule. It really doesn’t get any better than that”

Project description and key features:

KDC are one of a small number of Dow’s approved global demolition service providers and were selected for a competitive tender process for the decommissioning and demolition of the site.

This facility consisted of heavy chemical plant and equipment located in a very congested area near a number of close neighbours and serviced by live utilities. Equipment had been specified to resist the aggressive corrosive nature of production chemicals, hence much of the plant was fabricated from high value metals.

The scope included removing plant, equipment, and supporting services including cooling towers, 15 distillation columns and control buildings. KDC implemented a very efficient programme including early mobilisation of an experienced team. Full Risk Assessments and Method Statements were developed along with the highly detailed SWMP. These met or exceeded DOW’s exacting SHE standards and procedures.

The site is now brownfield and ready for redevelopment. DOW awarded KDC their global safety award for this project. Richard Smith said “KDC continues to demonstrate an outstanding commitment to the safe planning and execution of all field work on Dow demolition projects. We truly believe KDC’s superlative performance is a reflection of the leadership and support of the entire KDC management team, as well as the diligence and dedication of all KDC personnel.

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