The economic environment of today is much different than in years past. The product lifecycles of chemicals are much shorter than they used to be, and companies need the flexibility to adapt to rapid changes. In the past, companies had plenty of time to adjust their operations to suit the economic environment of the day. The decommissioning of a chemical plant may be necessary for any number of reasons, including corporate takeover, obsolescence of technology, or relocation. In any event, plant decommissioning is a time-consuming process and must be carefully planned for.
The Three “Ds” of Decommissioning
Plant decommissioning is a process that is usually described as involving the three “Ds” – decontamination, dismantling, and disposal. Decontamination is the first step and is defined as the removal of contaminants from the plant system. This is usually accomplished through methods such as washing, heating, mechanical cleaning, dry ice blasting, and treatment through the usage of other chemicals. Contaminants can take the forms of solids, liquids, vapors, and gases. The timeframe for decontamination of a plant usually cannot be predicted in advance and is done in stages. The next step in the plant decommissioning process is dismantling of equipment, which is also done in stages. This requires special expertise and knowledge in the packaging of equipment. The last step is disposal, where the plant is either completely disposed of or moved to a new location. Again, special knowledge in disposal best practices is needed.
Choose a Company that Has Experience in Plant Decommissioning
The usual variety of consultants and contractors may be familiar with commissioning new plants, but the decommissioning process requires a special level of expertise. You’ll want to ensure that the company you choose for your plant decommissioning is reliable and trustworthy since the nature of the initial parts of the process is confidential. AEG Environmental has the experience and reliability necessary to tackle these kinds of projects. Let us work with your company to ensure that the plant decommissioning process is performed correctly with the utmost care.
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