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Project: Decomissioning of Didcot Power Station
Client: RWE npower
Location: Oxfordshire
Date: November 2012 - February 2013

The project involved dismantling/removal of a 500MW Generator (approx 250TE); 600MVA Transformer (approx 240TE); 2 x 500MW Rotor Shafts (approx 70TE ea) and 2 x Stator Casings (approx 60TE ea), necessitating on-site dismantling to enable transportation to the Group's Rotherham recycling centre.

Dismantling the Generator involved removal of water cooled copper conductors, undertaken manually by releasing bakelite support frames and pulling individual conductors out. Both stator end plates were removed to expose the radial laminations - removed using hydraulic excavator with rotating grab. The frame was then flame cut to size pending loading/transportation.
Prior to dismantling the Transformer, residual insulating oil was drained from main body and tap changer. The Transformer lid and bushing shrouds were unbolted/lifted off using mobile crane and Transformer internals dismantled and removed in the following sequence: upper lamination support chassis; upper horizontal laminations; vertical core copper windings; vertical core laminations; lower horizontal laminations and then finally the outer casing and tap changer were removed and processed to size using flame cutters working from MEWPs.

The 2 Shafts were lifted out using existing overhead travelling crane in the Turbine Hall. To enable the 2 Stator Casings to be transported, water cooling boxes were flame cut from each side and a 300T mobile crane used to lift each casing onto a low-loader.

All crane age/lifting studies and slinging was carried out in-house by Ron Hull Demolition Ltd, and transported on low-loaders to the Group's Rotherham recycling centre. Once again Ron Hull Demolition Ltd set the standard for others to follow. 

Industrial dismantling with Ron Hull Ltd – expert industrial dismantling & demolition contractors

The scale of industrial projects can often introduce safety & environmental factors that take expert understanding to manage. Specialist decontamination, high security, proximity to critical infrastructure or active work sites, and other exacting circumstances mean you can’t compromise on the expertise of your demolition contractor.  Whatever the particular requirements of your decommissioning, dismantling or demolishing project, Ron Hull Ltd has the decades of industry experience it takes to visualise –and deliver- creative solutions to your project requirements. From initial decommissioning, waste management, and site clearance to full demolition, step-by-step dismantling of large-scale industrial infrastructure, asset recovery, remarketing and final land remediation- Ron Hull offers the full cycle of industrial demolition.

Based in Yorkshire, demolition contractors & waste management experts Ron Hull Ltd built their ethos around providing a comprehensive service encompassing all client requirements from day one to the final recycling of recovered material and full land remediation. We tailor all our works to clients’ exact requirements, understanding your objectives and managing our team’s unmatched expertise and considerable technical resources to deliver a complete service that regularly earns excellent feedback from our clients.

As a leading demolition company, we understand the complexities that often face teams required to decommission equipment or facilities. Often these complexities require a broader skill base and a more creative approach, informed by great experience, than the initial scope of the project may suggest. Environmental factors, legislation and impact on surrounding areas often govern the approach a demolition company must take to ensure safe, fast and cost-effective project completion.

View some of our past industrial site demolition & decommissioning projects:

Demolition of Incinerator Complex

Demolition of Woodhouse Mill Gas Holder & Digester Tanks

As one of the UK’s leading industrial demolition contractors, Ron Hull Ltd has decades of experience offering innovative solutions to the most complex projects. We aim to deliver forward thinking solutions that have consistently helped our clients achieve their desired outcomes in time and under budget, with minimum disruption and in line with all relevant regulation. We work with companies across the UK and are proud to have earned a reputation for excellence in industrial demolition services that frequently sees a one-off contract grow into a lasting relationship. With satisfied customers across the UK and an industry leading reputation as a safe, efficient, professional and innovative demolition company, why not speak to us about the ways our team can assist in your project.

For more information on any of our previous projects or the particulars of how we approach each demolition challenge, please feel free to contact our team at our office in Rotherham, Yorkshire.