Tank Cleaning & Removal, Woolwich

Tank Cleaning & Removal

Client: Mclaren Group
Queen Elizabeth Hospital

Brief Description:

After a long tender process KpH Environmental demonstrated they were the preferred contractor to carry out the safe decommissioning, cleaning and removal of 2no. 250,000ltr fuel storage tanks and associated pipework at Queen Elizabeth Hospital, by a new client Mclaren Group.

Queen Elizabeth Hospital is a hospital in Woolwich in the Royal Borough of Greenwich. It was opened in March 2001 and serves patients from the Royal Borough of Greenwich and the London Borough of Bexley.

The two tanks were located belowground level in the basement of the hospital, alongside the mortuary, this sensitive area had to be taken into consideration during works and waste removal, ensuring no obstruction to staff or other contactors.

Scope of Works

Works comprised of the strip out and removal of the following:

  • KpH carefully planned out the safe method for the cleaning and removal of the tanks, taking extra care due to the working hospital and other contractors working in the vicinity
  • Designed fixed scaffolding was erected around each of the tanks from our preferred Scaffolding Contractor; Kitts Scaffolding
  • Tanks were drained of circa 86,000ltrs of product and a rebate issued to the hospital
  • The fully trained confined space team cleaned and tanks ready for removal
  • As the majority of dismantling involved “Hot works” an efficient fume extraction system was installed to allow for the smoke, gases and vapours to vent to atmosphere and replenish the air within the tank room.
  • Working from the scaffold, both tanks and all associated pipework and fill point, were cut into manageable sections using oxy propane cutting methods
  • All waste was removed to a licensed waste disposal facilities, with all appropriate EA notes and duty of care paperwork issued
  • The tank room was jet washed down and remaining debris removed
  • The experienced team carried out the works within the tight programme maintaining high standards of work and health and safety


Before and After: