Removing large industrial steam cleaning tanks

Heavy plant / plant room dismantling, machinery removal

The Client

Global pharmaceutical manufacturer

The Brief

Remove three 30 year old high pressure steam cleaning tanks (large capacity autoclaves), each measuring 3m x 1.5m x 2m (9m³) and weighing 15 tons.

Our client, a global pharmaceutical company, wanted to replace the existing tanks with two new energy-efficient models.

The Challenge

The existing tanks were located in a building that had been constructed around the tanks. This meant the tanks couldn’t be removed in one go without destroying the fabric of the building. Health & Safety regulations (eg manual handling, air quality, fire hazard) also dictated the manner in which we approached this job.

Our solution was to plasma cut out the unit piece by piece – casing, doors, ceiling and floor – using lifting equipment to catch every single piece we removed.

Regulations & Safety Considerations

  • Client approved risk assessment
  • Manual handling weight limit (20 kilo)
  • Air monitoring: plasma cutting emits dangerous fumes and dust, and this was a large scale cutting exercise in an enclosed area. Hence the lifting machinery to ensure nothing hit the floor causing excess dust.
  • 2 hourly check against fire hazard


The task took around three months from planning to removal.

The Result

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Alroys Steam Cleaner Removal 10 1244
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