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500 tonnes of asbestos to remove

20.05.2015 From our online archive
Demolition workers will have to remove and dispose of 500 tonnes of asbestos at the old Terres Rouges thermal power plant in Esch-sur-Alzette.

Demolition workers will have to remove and dispose of 500 tonnes of asbestos at the Terres Rouges thermal power plant in Esch-sur-Alzette.

Work began in March and will continue until September 2016 to remove the toxic substance from the iconic building.

The gas turbine hall of former steel company Arbed was built at the Terres Rouges site in Esch-sur-Alzette in 1953. It used the gas from the nearby blast furnaces of Arbed Terres-Rouges and Arbed Belval to produce electricity. 

Since it closed in 1997, the site has become popular with urban explorers and graffiti artists, until this year when it was closed off for demolition. 

But, demolition won't be easy. A 15-centimetre-thick layer of asbestos is packed inside the three 22-metre tall furnaces for insulation, all of which must be removed safely.

Before doing this, the workers must disconnect the pipes leading into the furnaces. During the demolition work, Luxcontrol will be on-hand to test all safety regulations are adhered to.

Only after the asbestos has been removed can the actual demolition work of the building begin.

A consortium of three companies: Depolux, Richard Liesegang Demolition and Bonaria et Fils have been selected to do the work.

The asbestos will be disposed of abroad, partly in Erdbau Deponie recycling centre. Bituminous roofing material will also have to be disposed of.

The contractors do not need to worry about the removing copper from the site. Since the gas-powered station closed, thieves have stripped the place clean of copper. 

From an article by Nicolas Anen

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