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KDC to decommission 12 gas holders in the South West and Wales

Decommissioning, demolition and remediation specialist KDC has won a £3M contract from gas pipeline company Wales & West Utilities (WWU) to decommission and demolish 12 gas holders in the South West and Wales.

The project is set to be completed in December next year. KDC won the contract following a competitive tender process. WWU said its decision was based on scheduling, methodology, commercial considerations and health and safety management.

WWU is a regulated gas transportation business with a network of more than 35,000km of mains covering a sixth of the UK. Underground storage methods now mean that many gas holders are redundant, resulting in their decommissioning.

“Gas holders are made of sheet metals and girders and we’ll be recycling as much of this material as possible,” said KDC director Steohen Hardy. “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.”

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