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Liberty Industrial’s Australian demolition work shortlisted for prize

1 September 2022

Liberty Industrial’s Port Kembla gas terminal early works project in Australia has been shortlisted in the Civils Demolition category at the 2022 World Demolition Awards.

Australian Industrial Energy (AIE) engaged Liberty to undertake the demolition, remediation and earthworks at the terminal in the Illawarra region of New South Wales (NSW).

These works paved way for the development of Australia’s first liquefied natural gas (LNG) import terminal – a landmark project which will have the capability to supply more than three quarters of NSW’s energy requirements.

Exceptional outcomes included the cutting of 499 piles, using innovative wire sawing techniques developed by the demolition team, and the removal of a 220m deck with carefully sequenced crane lifts. Some sections of the wharf deck were over 1.2m thick, resulting in lifts over 60 metric tons with a swing radius of up to 26m using a 300-mt crawler crane.

Aerial shot, courtesy Liberty Industrial

The overwhelming force of the ICE1412 Pile Clamp – the largest single pile clamp and vibration unit available in Australia – extracted the piles. Winners will be announced at the 2022 World Demolition Summit, held in Vienna, Austria, November 16-17.

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