Decommissioning or disposal costs can be calculated in the same manner as maintenance costs, in Eq. (16.3) of Section 16.5. Decommissioning costs may be positive or negative. In some cases the equipment’s depreciated value is greater than the disposal costs. The plant owner can sell the used equipment at a higher price than the cost of dismantling and transporting it.
As environmental protection and recycling become more important, dumping and recycling charges and taxes will be used to control environmental pollution in the future. For the plant owner, this means an increase in the decommissioning costs.
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