RVA’s Matthew Waller chosen to speak at Berlin decommissioning conference

RVA Group’s EHS, Engineering and Compliance Manager Matthew Waller has been asked to present at Europe’s Decommissioning and Demolition of Conventional Power Plants Conference.

The event – which will take place in Berlin next February – will host a powerhouse of international speakers each invited to offer expert guidance on this challenging subject.

The phase out of traditional fossil fuel-fired facilities is now well underway, as Europe progresses towards its low carbon goals of 2030. But it is not always easy to know how best to manage such aged assets, especially given the need to consider EHS excellence, the cost-effectiveness of the project and associated regulatory pressures.

Matthew will therefore take to the stage to share as much advice as possible, in his 45-minute session entitled ‘Having it planned right from the start’.

The presentation will enlighten delegates as to the importance of the following preparatory phases of a power plant decommissioning project:

  • Data gathering and preparing the plant
  • Contractor selection
  • The procurement process
  • What details need to be included in the contract
  • The project plan and the project team

His insight will draw on 12 years’ project management expertise, with the last nine years of his career spent at RVA. During this time he has proven a knowledgeable and value-adding member of the team, who has contributed to RVA’s safe, environmentally secure and cost-effective delivery of more than 700 decommissioning, decontamination, dismantling and demolition projects worldwide.

Commenting on the upcoming conference, Matthew said: “Such a project can represent a step into the unknown for many power plant operators, and given the inherently hazardous nature of decommissioning works, this is never an assignment they want to be approaching in an uninformed manner.

“Seeking expert external guidance is usually the recommended route for organisations to take, but even this part of the process can prove daunting. I therefore hope that my practical, straight-talking and advice-led session will leave delegates a little better equipped in terms of ‘what’s next’ for their sites.”

Europe’s Decommissioning and Demolition of Conventional Power Plants Conference will take place on 15-16 February 2018, with venue details due to be announced shortly. Further updates can be found at http://europe-dd-forum.eu as details of the event unfold, but pre-registration is already available.