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Removal of Amsterdam power plant

Amsterdam, Netherlands Demolition Dismantling Asbestos

Removal of Amsterdam power plant

DDM was asked to remove the Hemweg power plant in Amsterdam. After careful preparations and planning, dismantling began.

The work includes the decommissioning of the coal-fired power station in Amsterdam. The exchange had to be removed completely. After careful preparations and planning, dismantling began. First of all, hazardous materials such as asbestos were removed. Once the buildings and components had been cleaned and released, the actual demolition began. That didn't just happen with heavy machinery; in some cases, disassembly was done manually with great precision. The boiler was completely stripped. After all asbestos-containing applications, ceramic materials and insulation were removed, the 6,000-ton boiler was cut into small parts and removed.

The chimney was equipped with a steel inner jacket with asbestos-containing parts. By using an ingenious method with Strand-Jacks by hoisting and lowering the complete inner pipe, all harmful materials, including the inner pipe, have been professionally removed from the chimney. The 171 meter high concrete chimney was then removed by cutting it away from above, with the chimney itself serving as a chute. The 150 MW gas turbine and generator have been dismantled. These parts are packaged, preserved and transported for reuse.

In addition to the 15,732 tons of metals, a total of 25,219 tons of concrete were removed. A satisfied customer says: “DDM was responsible for the complete dismantling, asbestos removal, disassembly, demolition, separation and disposal of the entire (technical) installation and buildings. The project was carried out with a professional team and with modern machines and tools.


  • 35 specialists
  • 2 crawler cranes
  • Hydraulic cranes
  • Multiple demolition cranes
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15.732 tons of scrap
25.219 tons of concrete
171 meter high chimney
15.732 tons of scrap
25.219 tons of concrete
171 meter high chimney


The Quality and Health, Safety and the Environment policy is an ongoing process. That is why DDM is continuously working on improving all these areas to keep improving safety levels.

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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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