/ CONTEXT The first thermal plant in New Brunswick was constructed on the shores of Grand Lake and was operated by NB Power. Built in 1931, the station closed its doors after almost 80 years of operation. / PROJECT Delsan AIM was the general contractor and had the mandate to decommission, abate hazardous materials and demolish the above-ground structures within a period of five months. This project had specific challenges such as the location, which was adjacent to a residential neighborhood. Parts of the plant were also within the buffer zone of the shoreline and required compliance with a government mandated environmental management plan. The project consisted of the demolition of the buildings, which had a total surface area of 60,000 square feet, as well as the associated equipment such as generators, turbines, conveyors, a precipitator, boilers and a 250 feet tall concrete stack.
/ SOLUTIONS Delsan AIM was responsible for the service disconnects; as well as the removal of hazardous materials, which included asbestos, reservoirs containing oils, various acids and chemicals; lead paint; and ballasts and PILC electrical cables containing PCBs. In addition, Delsan AIM undertook the sale and recovery of various assets; the dismantling of specialized equipment; the management and disposal of debris as well as the complete demolition of the structures. The decontamination of the buildings was done concurrently with the demolition work in order to respect the aggressive schedule. / STATE-OF-THE-ART EQUIPMENT The demolition of the structures was completed mechanically. Delsan AIM used various specialized equipment including a high reach excavator that can attain a height of 134 feet.
/ SAFETY FIRST Also, a 250 feet stack was remotely demolished by means of explosives since conventional demolition methods would have been unsafe due to the height and construction of the structure. An engineering procedure was prepared, which included protective measures for our workers, the surrounding community and the environment. / HEALTH AND SAFETY PROCEDURES The work was executed by following strict protocols in order to ensure the health and safety of our workers and the protection of the environment. Also, our workers followed specific training in order to comply with the owner’s EHS program.
/ KEY NUMBERS
* 23+ years of experience as a leading decommissioning and demolition expert
* 250+ highly skilled employees
/ LARGE SCALE PROJECTS Mirabel Airport decommissioning, CN tunnel dismantlement, Ritz-Carlton development project, General Motors plant decommissioning, and many more.
/ SAFETY FIRST At Delsan AIM, our employees are all well versed in demolition, decommissioning and are all trained to provide the highest level of safety at our jobsites.
/ LEADING TECHNOLOGY These strengths combined with our own state-of-the-art equipment fleet and use of leading-edge technology is what guarantees success... on time, every time!