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Hydrock wins job to decommission former Cemex works

Hydrock’s Remediation Contracting arm has won a contract with Cemex to decommission, demolish and remediate their former works at Rochester.

The works are driven by Cemex’s plans to close down and redevelop this old cement works and move production to newer state-of-the-art facilities in Tilbury.

Although the actual manufacture of cement clinker in the kiln at the 13 ha site at Halling near Rochester in Kent ended in 2002, the plant has continued to mill clinker brought in from other Cemex plants at Rugby and Barrington in Cambridgeshire to produce cement for the local market.

With a new grinding plant at Tilbury the plan for the site, which is part of a wider 77 hectare land holding, is redevelopment following the granting of planning permission by Medway Council into a mixed-used lakeside community.

Hydrock faces challenges in carrying out the works including the demolition of an 11 hectare works, including a 300 ft chimney.

They will also be working adjacent to an oil pipeline, high voltage overhead power lines on both sides of the site, the management of asbestos removal and controlling high levels of dust which have accumulated over years of cement production at the plant.

Hydrock has previously successfully delivered similar schemes for Cemex at its former plants including the Lytag Manufacturing Plant, Eggborough in North Humberside as well as Cemex’s former works at Chinnor.

Works will commence on 1 March 2010 and the programme is likely to last six to nine months.

Hydrock operations manager Richard Yarnold said: “This is an exciting and challenging project.

“We will be aiming to recover and recycle as much of the construction materials as possible and will be working closely with Cemex and the health and safety executive to ensure the project runs smoothly, without incident and with the absolute minimum of disruption.”