RVA’s Richard Vann to chair global decommissioning conference

RVA Group’s managing director Richard Vann has been invited to chair the 3rd Annual Global Decommissioning and Demolition of Fossil Fuel Power Plants Conference, when it takes place in Prague next March.

Bringing together experienced engineers, project managers, asset owners and more, the high-profile event seeks to share knowledge on an array of decommissioning topics including programme options for end of life plants, the controlled use of explosives, the demolition project lifecycle and site redevelopment – to name just a few subjects.

RVA is no stranger to this event. At the 2018 conference, RVA’s operations director Matthew Waller delivered a 45-minute session on how to maximise decommissioning preparedness following a power station closure, and strategic development director Ian Wharton spoke to delegates about how to establish and maintain EHS excellence.

For the upcoming energy-sector conference, managing director Richard will chair all sessions over the two days.

“As an increasing number of fossil fuel power plants reach their end of life worldwide, asset owners and operators are left with a plethora of complex questions to answer,” he said. “Events such as this provide an important platform to share knowledge, insight and experiences, and play a significant role in ensuring the safe, cost-effective and environmentally sound execution of decommissioning projects.”

As past president of both the Institute of Demolition Engineers and the Institute of Explosives Engineers, Richard was also part of a peer-group of contributors who produced the current version of BS5607: Code of Practice for Safe Use of Explosives in the Construction Industry. He has worked within the decommissioning sector for over 35 years.