Asbestos Abatement at Power Generating Facilities

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A leader in power plant hazardous materials decontamination

Enviro-Vac is a trusted leader in delivering highly complex decontamination and abatement service solutions to power generating facilities often in hazardous, challenging and sensitive environments.

We have provided hazardous materials abatement in generating facilities in Canada from Coast to Coast and as far away as Latin America.

Asbestos, Lead, Mercury and PCB containing materials use in power plants and electric generating facilities was wide-spread during their construction years ago and unless a detailed destructive survey has been performed, it is difficult to know exactly where these hazardous materials are. Asbestos for example has been used in over 3,000 building products including asbestos cement roof and wall cladding, boilers, fire-spray insulation, heating pipes, tanks, vessels, brakes, electrical wiring, gaskets and more.

The special requirements of a generating station or power industry client may be significantly different than those of other industries; however, challenges can be comparable. Our experienced and highly trained workforce ensures abatement and decontamination in and around live, sensitive operations can take place with minimal disruption to normal plant activities.

Case Study: The Cross Industry Trade ChallengeAsbestos Removal Power Facility

Plant Problems

Finding workers trained to perform work around high voltage systems as well as skilled and certified to work with asbestos and lead and also skilled in stator pulls and media blasting within a contained environment.

Background

A major electrical power plant discovered that functioning breaker cells had become contaminated with asbestos due to years of using asbestos cement products as integral parts of the machinery. In order for workers to service and perform replacements where needed, it was necessary to return this machinery to an uncontaminated condition. A major challenge was that this plant provides power to thousands of people & facilities, so it was vital that the facility remain operational during any work. What was needed was an experienced abatement crew with the ability to work around high-voltage energy, and within the time frame of a detailed abatement schedule.

Solution

This power plant facility contacted Enviro-Vac.  Enviro-Vac has specialized training for working around energized systems. They have the clearance to both access and work around active high voltage electrical systems.

As an asbestos abatement and removal contractor, Enviro-Vac provided a solution for the client that included both project management and abatement execution. Abatement work cost-effectively leveraged several crews from different locations with a wide variety of specialized experience to the project. And, through strict adherence to health and safety standards, Enviro-Vac personnel have now worked on numerous energized abatement sites across Canada and Latin America without a single safety incident during operations around energized components. 

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