Mission Complete for Air Liquide
May 2022 – In the final quarter of 2021, Air Liquide commissioned Liberty Industrial to dismantle and salvage the Gladstone Air Separation Unit (ASU) Plant and other site facilities that produced liquid oxygen and nitrogen, located within Rio Tinto’s fully operational Yarwun Refinery.
Due to the severity of the COVID-19 crisis in India (particularly in rural regions), the ASU plant was destined to provide COVID-19 relief and an additional supply of medical-grade oxygen to Intensive Care Units during the third wave of the pandemic.
Working at the height of the 2021 global pandemic, the team faced several unique challenges, and a tight deadline was further complicated by pre-determined shipping dates for the salvage works and an extensive – and unexpected – number of wet days. The plant was also located in a small site that required careful planning to coordinate movements of personnel, plant, and equipment within a live facility – safely and effectively.