A powerful win for OCS Environmental Services

38  DIdcot A Power StationOCS Environmental Services has won a 12-month, multi-million pound contract to remove asbestos from Didcot A Power Station. The project will involve a team of more than 80 workers.

Didcot A, a coal-fired station which powered the nation for 42 years, was switched off in March 2013, bringing an end to its electricity production for the National Grid. In 2008 the station was opted-out of the Large Combustion Plant Directive, an EU directive, which meant it had to close by 2015 or after 20,000 hours of operation.

OCS Environmental Services was awarded the project by demolition contractor Coleman & Company, which has been employed by site owner RWE npower to complete the works including the explosive dismantling of the main plant and explosive demolition of cooling towers and the chimney stack. OCS will safely remove all asbestos from the station to a licensed site to enable the full demolition of the power station and its ancillary buildings.

Graham Gilbert, Managing Director of OCS Environmental Services, said: “This is a significant achievement and involved a 15-month tender process against 10 other rival organisations. We are delighted to be working with Coleman & Company and RWE npower to deliver this important work.”