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Dismantling pipework in Rotterdam

Rotterdam, Netherlands Dismantling

Dismantling pipework in Rotterdam

Within a live refinery in Rotterdam, we removed 400 meters of 10-inch pipe using cold-cutting techniques. A complex job: the pipe was in the middle of the pipe bridge and access was restricted. The adjacent pipes were all live and continued to transfer product across the site. Due to the tight nature of the pipe bridge, access to cut and remove sections of pipework was challenging and required careful planning.

A comprehensive project safety plan and risk analysis was developed prior to the work commencing. Once all safety briefings were given and permits were received, we undertook all necessary measurements of the pipework to develop the cutting sequence. We then drilled holes at pre-determined intervals to measure atmospheric conditions and check for residual products within the pipes

Once all safety checks were completed, we started to cut the pipework using compressed air saws. Attaching the saws to the pipework using chains to hold them in place, ensured that hand arm vibration was kept to an absolute minimum throughout the project. During the cutting phase, it was imperative that the cutting blades were cooled to maximise cutting performance. Working from scaffold access platforms, DDM operatives used chain hoists and beam clamps to lower the pipes to the scaffold work platform in a controlled manner

Once the pipes were stockpiled in the designated area, a mobile crane was used to lift all pipe sections on to the back of a trailer and transported away from the site for recycling. This process continued until the remainder of the 16-inch pipe was removed.

The client was very satisfied with the end result and in particular the way in which DDM dealt with the project specific challenges, client safety concerns and workmanship required in this project.

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10 weeks
2 specialists
400 meters of pipe dismantled
10 weeks
2 specialists
400 meters of pipe dismantled


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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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