When large industrial and/or mining facilities reach the end of their lifespan and are subsequently scheduled to be shutdown, decommissioned and dismantled it is important to follow the correct process of planning, implementing and monitoring the various complex stages involved. For this reason, it is essential to count on the collaboration of specialised professionals in order to successfully carry out the end of life of these industrial facilities.

In 2021, the European Demolition Association (EDA) partnered with large-scale demolition contractors, asset owners and industry specialists to create a multinational workgroup focused on the end-of-life preparation for industrial facilities. This workgroup was tasked to create a guide for multinational asset owners and to explore industry best practice for the planning and execution of end-of-life activities in both planned and unplanned scenarios.

Jet Demolition has adapted and adopted best practice on sites throughout Africa and abroad. Image credit: Jet Demolition

Jet Demolition has adapted and adopted best practice on sites throughout Africa and abroad. Image credit: Jet Demolition

Acting as coordinator along with José Fernandez, Jet Demolition contracts and project manager Kate Bester explains that the report brings together the experience and knowledge of specialised companies, showing that they play an important role as partners of the facility owners, such as power plants, nuclear plants, chemical, oil and gas facilities.

Entitled ‘End-of-life of industrial facilities’, the report guides facility owners in the steps to take when facing a scheduled deactivation or an unexpected event; to highlight the main challenges and risks, as well as the steps and solutions; and to highlight the relevance of working with professionals to deliver a successful project.

“José and I had the privilege of working with this select group of specialists under guidance from the EDA to prepare the report. We would like to take this opportunity to thank all contributors for their invaluable insight and for engaging in open and constructive dialogue relating to industry best practices. We trust that this guide assists asset owners, consultants and contractors to make informed and proactive decisions relating to the end-of-life of these facilities,” comments Bester.

The company offers specialised demolition services to large industrial and mining facilities. These range from selected brownfield demolition of redundant plant and structures to turnkey demolition and rehabilitation services at end-of life. It also offers demolition costing services, assisting large multinational mining clients to determine their demolition liability provisions as part of their eventual closure planning and preparation.

“Jet Demolition has extensive experience in large heavy industrial demolition services,” notes Bester. It has adapted and adopted the best approaches deployed on a variety of sites across most industries and throughout Africa and abroad. This exposure to different sites, conditions and requirements allows the demolition specialist to offer alternative and bespoke solutions to clients that may not have undertaken largescale demolition works previously.

For more information on the guide, visit: https://www.europeandemolition.org/library/guide-about-end-of-life-of-industrial-facilities.

Jet Demolition has been undertaking industrial demolition works since 1994. Image credit: Jet Demolition

Jet Demolition has been undertaking industrial demolition works since 1994. Image credit: Jet Demolition