Making way for a Green Future at Wallerawang
October 2021 – Early this year, Liberty Industrial began work on the decommissioning, demolition and rehabilitation at the old Wallerawang Power Station located in Lithgow, central-western New South Wales.
Opened in 1957, the Wallerawang facility remained an active coal-fired power station until 2014 and was a very important part of the region’s economy and its contribution to thermal power generation in New South Wales. Following its acquisition by Greenspot in late 2020, the 620-hectare site is set to be transformed into a multi-use circular economy and sustainable energy precinct that will seek to diversify and build resilience in the Central-West NSW economy.
Working on behalf of Greenspot, Liberty Industrial has begun to complete the demolition of two 60-metre-high boiler units, two 177-metre-tall stacks, precipitators, coal handling plant conveyors, the removal of equipment from within the turbine hall, smaller buildings & workshops, and complete HAZMAT removal and remediation.
The project, which sits amongst several historically significant structures, will be executed over an 18-month duration and leverage Liberty Industrial’s innovative approach to mechanical and explosive demolition.
At work is Liberty’s custom-built Kocurek modified Hitachi Ex1200 High Reach Demolition Excavator and our 230t Liebherr Excavator with Genesis GXT 2555R shear attachment – the largest excavator mounted shear in the world. Liberty’s investment in specialised high-reach plant and large shears makes us uniquely placed to execute this type of heavy industrial work efficiently and safely.
“Our strategic use of high-reach plant and equipment plays a critical role in reducing the interaction between personnel and the workface and is the cornerstone of our risk mitigation strategy at Wallerawang – and across the business,” says Director, Simon Gill.