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Utilities Decommissioning win for KDC Contractors

WWU Newport

DECOMMISSIONING, demolition and remediation specialist, KDC has won a circa £3M contract from one of Britain's biggest gas pipeline companies.

Wales & West Utilities (WWU) has awarded KDC the contract to decommission and demolish 12 gas holders in the South West and Wales.  The project is set to be completed in December 2012.  KDC specialists will manage and deliver the contract.

WWU is a regulated gas transportation business with a network of more than 35,000km of mains covering a sixth of the UK and serving a population of more than 7 million people. 

KDC won the contract following a competitive tender process.  WWU’s decision was based on scheduling, methodology, commercial considerations and health and safety management.

Gas holders are large containers where natural gas or town gas is stored, but underground storage methods now mean that many are redundant.  This has resulted in the decommissioning of a number of gas holders. 

KDC director Stephen Hardy who is leading the decommissioning project, said:

“I’m proud our project team outperformed expectations on the last phase of the project and as a result, we have won the entire contract for this next phase.  We’ve built a strong business relationship with the WWU team and are pleased to continue this. 

“Gas holders are made of sheet metals and girders and we’ll be recycling as much of this material as possible.  We’re committed to doing all we can to minimise our environmental impact and we typically recycle more than 96 per cent of waste materials. The facilities can be contaminated with oil, water and various other materials and we’ll be operating strict environmental controls to ensure compliance with all regulations.”

Neil Dalley, WWU programme manager, said:

 “We appointed KDC for this next phase of work because of the team’s extensive experience and knowledge of the gas works decommissioning process and their commitment to best health, safety and environmental practices.  We were pleased with the results KDC delivered on the last phase of the project where they met all deadlines and carried out the work according to exacting Health, Safety and Environmental standards.

“Many of the gas holders are located near businesses and private homes so it is imperative that disruption is minimised.  Along with the KDC team, we’ll be working closely with resident groups and local businesses to ensure minimum impact while the work is carried out.” 

This contract award further demonstrates KDC’s position as a leading decommissioning, demolition and remediation company for the utilities, power generation, nuclear, pharmaceutical and oil, gas and process sectors.

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