Creosote Tank Clean & Removal, Reading

Creosote Tank Clean & Removal

Client: Stonewood Builders Ltd

Brief Description:

We were awarded the contract by new client Stonewood Builders to remove an underground tank and creosote contamination.

The site is located at a Country Estate Yard, located to the south west of Reading in Berkshire where commercial and light industrial activities are undertaken including a gunsmith, offices, a tractor shed, a vehicle workshop and various buildings used for storage.

Scope of Works

  • The team set up a restricted working area with Heras fencing and signage
  • Access covers were removed using hand tools
  • 5,500ltrs of creosote was pumped into an IBC and the pipework was drained down and capped off
  • Operatives set up a gas monitor to continually monitor the LEL levels around the tank and take readings and record every 15 mins
  • The tank was cold cut open and then with the washings being pumped into IBC’s, the tanks were cleaned and degassed
  • KpH issued a gas free certificate so the excavation of the tank could take place
  • The experienced KpH Operative dug down either side of the tank, being extremely careful as there was a live water pipe near and around the tank
  • The tank was carefully pulled from the ground and hot cut ready to be flat packed, using a rubber tracked 13 tonne excavator
  • Digging down to approx. 3.2m below ground level, the contaminated soil was dug out onto polythene sheeting ready for removal and disposal from site
  • KpH’s Environmental Consultant to validate the excavation taking soil samples prior to the back fill
  • The excavation was back filled with an imported certificated type 1 material and the ground levelled ready for use by the client