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Emerald Kalama – Tank Bund 43 Configuration

Demolition . Civil Engineering . Chemicals . Petrochemical

The Project

Emerald Performance Materials are a Canadian owned international chemical manufacturing business with operations throughout Europe including the Emerald Kalama site in Widnes. Trustland were requested to undertake works on this site, to strip out four existing 10m high product tanks, access walkways, staircases and all associated pipework. We then had to break out all existing concrete tank and pump plinths, before installing six new tank bases and associated civil works for pump installations.

Challenges and Solutions

We were required to work very close to existing facilities on this job, which contained delicate mechanical installation, housing products of a hazardous nature, that are vulnerable to sources of heat and impact. To ensure we didn’t encounter any issues, we worked closely with the client in regards to strip out procedures for the initial phase of works. This included forecasting works on an hourly base a week in advance.

Co-ordination with the client to prevent disruption to deliveries of hazardous products was also critical for the client’s production. We had to account for deliveries of the client’s products in the area of works, which meant relocating works to areas that this would not impact upon our progress. At times this was at very short notice, but strong communication with the client’s representative and permit issuers resulted in a smooth process.

As part of the demolition, four large capacity tanks were required to be lifted completely from the current location to an area where they were to be disposed of by means of hydraulic shears. Unfortunately, we had delays at this stage due to the unexpected winds from Hurricane Irma. We deemed it wasn’t safe to lift the tanks in these conditions so we had three days to catch up on.


We successfully managed to pull back lost time by reconfiguring working routines and utilising different working methods to achieve our goals on site. The completed results were a credit to all involved and the client was very satisfied with the results achieved.

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