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Project: Decommissioning & Demolition of Roosecote Power Station
Client: Centrica Energy
Location: Barrow in Furness, Cumbria
Date: September 2014 - March 2015

Following an extensive tendering process, Ron Hull Demolition Limited were appointed as principal contractor by Centrica Energy to undertake the asbestos removal, decommissioning and demolition of a gas and steam turbine power station. The site consisted of an 800te HRSG boiler and secondary steam generation. The station was surrounded by coastline, with the decommissioning aspect of the project designed to have minimal effect on the wildlife and nearby nature reserve, including regular vibration testing.

The project was undertaken in 4 main stages:

  • Water tanks and water treatment plant.
  • Above ground gas installation. (AGI)
  • Fuel oil tanks, pumps and pipe ranges.
  • Turbine hall.

Initial works on site involved establishing an environmental management plan, identifying potential risks and forming monitoring strategies for air, soil and water.

Decontamination involved removal and disposal of the founding materials which included:

  • Notifiable and non-notifiable asbestos.
  • Lubricating oil and fuel oil.
  • Laboratory chemicals and water treatment chemicals.
  • Inert gas cylinders.
  • Transformer oils.
  • Glycol (anti-freeze) from AGI.

Approximately 600te of transformers were removed by jacking and skating methods. In particular, two transformers weighing 85te & 80te were situated in a live Electricity North West substation. After close liaison with ENW, which included the submission of RAMS and on site meetings, the RHD team safely removed both transformers without any disruption to the site.

Water Treatment Plant

Firstly, Ron Hull's specialist team removed, contained and disposed of filter medium in the vessels.
Next, 2no main water storage tanks were demolished using a combination of excavators/shears,
followed by the dismantling of the water treatment plant's internal equipment. This allowed the
remaining areas of the water treatment plant and engineering workshop to be demolished. 

Above Ground Gas Installation (AGI)

After physically disconnecting the inlet pipe from the Gas Terminal and feed pipes to the station, Ron
Hull's operatives commenced the decontamination of glycol from water bath heaters. Once
completed, the Demolition team moved in, to successfully demolish structures above and below
ground. RHDL worked closely with Centrica's neighbouring gas terminal to ensure there was no
interference with the site.

Gas Oil System

The decontamination of the entire system involved stripping pipes and pumps to drain, then contain
residual gas oil. This then allowed the high reach excavator to demolish 2no gas oil storage tanks
which was followed by the removal of above and below ground pipe lines, running to the turbine hall.

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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. 

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