A total of 11 oil storage tanks at Galway docks in Ireland could be removed in time for the Volvo Ocean Races stopover in Ireland.
Fuel retailer Topaz has formally handed over control of the tank farm to Lets Do It Galway, the company organising the around- the-world-yacht race Irish stopover in the third week of May.
Preparatory work began last week and the demolition by a team of contractors is expected to take at least three weeks.
The race fleet is en route from Rio de Janeiro to Boston and is due to cross the Atlantic and approach Galway via the Aran islands. Galways stopover village is to be located on the tank farm site.
Topaz has moved its storage to the new Enwest farm to the south of the harbour after the reported purchase of the new terminal by Edward Holdings owner Gerry Barrett, a shareholder in Topaz.
The demolition is exempt from planning approval under the Planning and Development Act 2000, according to Galway City Council, and the scrap will be recycled.
The dockside tanks are located so close to the city centre that they would be unlikely to meet updated safety measures.