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£1m Project in the Pipeline for KDC

A £1M project to decommission three Heavy Fuel Oil (HFO) tanks and pipelines no longer used in the production of electricity at Peterhead Power Station is now drawing to a successful completion.

The work is being undertaken by national decommissioning, demolition and remediation contractors KDC who were awarded the contract earlier this year.  KDC undertook the final cleaning and removal of a 2.5 km underground pipeline between the power station and Tankers Jetty. KDC was also responsible for the demolition of the tanks for onward recycling at the plant located near Peterhead.

Peterhead Power Station is owned and operated by SSE, one of the UK’s largest energy companies, supplying around 9.66 million customers in Great Britain and Ireland.

The project commenced in February 2012 and is due for completion before the end of 2012.

Stephen Hardy, KDC energy, utilities and industrial sector director is heading up KDC’s team of demolition experts working at Peterhead. He said:

“The power station prides itself on being one of the largest power stations in Scotland. We won the contract because we looked beyond the original scope of the project, and SSE liked our cost effective way of thinking.

“The project brief originally sought abandonment and removal of the pipelines, which of course we could do, but we suggested the tanks should be included too. We knew the scrap value from the demolition of the tanks for onward recycling would considerably offset the project costs.”

He added:

“The project is already under way; the removal of the pipeline suspended under the jetty, and through the adjacent fields has been completed as has demolition of the fuel tanks. The land remediation tasks are now commencing and all work should be completed by the year end.”

Andy Legezynski Project Manager at SSE Peterhead Power Station, said:

“We are delighted to have KDC on board after they won a competitive ITT process. KDC has a proven track record in this type of project and they have demonstrated safe, innovative delivery can be combined with a cost effective solution.”

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