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Demolition and decontamination of chemical complex


Vasilikos, Cyprus

Decommissioning of Cyprus HCI complex

Van Vliet Demolition was contracted to decontaminate and demolish the former Hellenic chemical industries complex on Cyprus. After decommissioning and demolishing the former HCI plant on Cyprus, Van Vliet Demolition cleared the entire site (22 hectares) in order to make space for the construction of the new Energy Centre (LNG Terminal). The client was the Ministry of Commerce, Industry & Tourism of Cyprus. It took a total of nine months to convert the complex into a greenfield site.


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Decontamination, asbestos removal and demolishing the entire facility

The plant was idled in 1995. Everything was just turned off but never cleaned. The entire facility needed to be cleared of large quantities of chemical waste and residues, NORM and radio-active materials and asbestos. After the decontamination, we demolished all three process plants:

  • Phosphoric acid plant
  • Sulphuric acid plant
  • NPK Processing and Packaging Plant

The project included the demolition of three spheres (25m in diameter), weighing a total of 1000 tonnes, the demolition of a flare (110m high), boilers, furnace, reactor section, condensation section, a washing section, a tank farm, pipe bridges, buildings and structures. 

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