Demolition work is due to start next week on the derelict Ispat steel plant in Cork harbour as part of a year-long project to rehabilitate the area.

The contractors, Hammond Lane Metal, are expected to collect up to 15,000 tonnes of scrap metal from the site which will be exported by ship to mills in Europe.

The demolition and scrapping process will take place in tandem with work which started last week to determine contamination levels.

Estimates have put the cost of a clean-up at approximately €30m.