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Circular demolition of a stripper

Geleen, Netherlands Demolition

Circular demolition of a stripper

DDM were commissioned by a customer at the Chemelot region in Geleen to process and demolish a stripper which weighed approximately 100 ton.

The stripper was position horizontally on site and there were a number of challenges to be able to demolish and process it in a timely and safe manner. The wall thickness of the stripper was between 110 and 180mm thick in places. The inside of the stripper was equipped with small diameter, high-quality pipes.

We started disassembling the stripper by removing all the auxiliary equipment from the outside of the shell, we then cut and removed both heads. When the heads were removed we started to cut and remove the sleeve using a cutting torch. In consultation with the manufacturer of the stripper, a number of pipes were carefully cut and removed for analysis and research. The remaining pipes were removed from the bundle using a mobile excavator equipped with Selector Grab. This working methodology allowed the work to be completed in an efficient time frame and ahead of schedule. The work has been executed and completed to the full satisfaction of the customer.

All the processed materials were to be fully recycled, the reusable parts were returned to the manufacturer to be reused and the remaining scrap were sent off site to be recycled. The manufacturer refurbished the salvaged parts and will reuse them in the construction of new strippers.

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6 weeks
6 weeks


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DDM was rewarded with a World Demolition Award in the Civils category.

Removing 5 arch bridges over the Amsterdam Rhine Canal was an intensive job. The schedule was tight and the expectations of all employees were high. But with a joint effort and incredible passion, DDM has successfully removed and recycled the 5 bridges within schedule.


Every year DDM holds a number of safety days to boost safety awareness.

Last year's objectives are evaluated and new objectives are determined. All managers and all operational employees discuss safety, policy and vision together. In addition to all regular training courses, DDM offers workshops and training to all employees during these days to take the qualities of the professionals to an even higher level. Together with all DDM employees, we are working on an increasingly higher safety ethic. Everyone at DDM carries out their work in a safe and healthy manner, with sufficient attention to the environment. And they're getting better at it. This applies to everyone; back to work healthy and safe and back home healthy.


Dow has awarded DDM a certificate for Outstanding Safety Performance.

Following various demolition and disassembly projects that DDM carries out worldwide for Dow Chemical Company, DDM has received recognition for its excellent safety performance during implementation. DDM always continues to strive for a higher level of safety. Safety First! Read below a quote from the letter that DDM received from Dow. “In summary, DDM continues to deliver excellent performance in safely planning and executing all work related to Dow demolition projects. We truly believe that your company's exceptional efforts continue to be a reflection of the leadership and support of you and the entire DDM Management team. "

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