World Demolition Awards shortlist - Industrial

D&Ri recently announced the shortlists for the World Demolition Awards, which will take place on Wednesday 18 October in Toronto, Canada, as part of the World Demolition Summit.

Congratulations to the following companies who made the Industrial shortlist.

A worker in an aerial platform performing dismantling tasks (PHOTO: Despe)
World Demolition Awards 2023 - Industrial shortlist

Despe, Italy
PROJECT: ELEX Electrofilter Plant
CLIENT: Holcim Italia

Despe was contracted to carry out the complete dismantling of the ELEX Electrofilter, which comprised a main chamber and two cones (inlet and outlet) measuring 12.2 m by 25.2 m, with a height of about 21 m. The demolition was carried out in just nine days utilising a cutting and lifting methodology with teams working both during the day and at night.

Located on particularly congested site with very limited space and multiple third-party contractors, Despe had to negotiate the placement and rotation of a 500-t crane, and material unloading and processing activities, while preserving and maintaining all the artifacts surrounding the Electrofilter structure to be demolished.

Ferraro Group, Germany
PROJECT: Piombino Steel Logistic Plant
CLIENT: JSW Steel Italy Piombino

The project involved the deconstruction of a large factory facility located close to a city centre, with challenges such as the dismantling of heavy steel beams, the remediation of contaminated components and the demolition of massive reinforced concrete foundations.

The project was completed safely and efficiently, with minimal impact on the environmental impact. Ferraro’s scope of works included extensive remediation work to parts of the plant that were contaminated with asbestos, artificial mineral fibres and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons. The works involved the extensive lifting and dismantling of steel beams that weighed up to 50 t each, manual burner cutting work at heights of over 60 m, and the demolition of several buildings.

Lezama, Spain
PROJECT: Power Plant
Lezama’s recent demolition and dismantling of a power plant utilised advanced technologies and adopted best practices, that demonstrated the company’s ability to carry out such projects with minimal impact on the environment.

The company says its competitive advantage lies in its highly skilled workforce, state-of-the-art equipment, and extensive experience in the field. Lezama has significantly invested in training its team members to ensure they possess the necessary expertise to tackle complex demolition challenges efficiently and safely.

It says its team excels in meticulous planning, coordination, and communication, ensuring that all tasks are executed seamlessly within the given timeframe, while respecting the environmental with careful waste management processes, recycling initiatives, and the use of sustainable demolition techniques.

Liberty Industrial, Australia
PROJECT: Wallerawang Power Station
CLIENT: Greenspot

Liberty Industrial was contracted to demolish the Wallerawang Power Station in New South Wales, Australia. Redevelopment of the station, which operated from 1957 to 2014, was part of a large-scale project to transform the site into a sustainable eco-hub.

Employing multiple demolition methodologies, including selective demolition and explosive events, Liberty Industrial was tasked with demolishing the station’s existing structures. The company’s scope works included the demolition of two boiler units, two 177-m-tall stacks and precipitators, alongside the complete removal of all above and below ground coal handling plant, coal handling plant conveyors, and an auxiliary bay.

In addition, the contractor removed around 30,000 sq m of galbestos sheeting from the station - with a custom helicopter brought in to lift the asbestos containing materials, and managed the on-site asbestos disposal cell.

Manafort Brothers, United States
PROJECT: Belco Asset Retirement Obligation Project
CLIENT: Bermuda Electric Light Company

Manafort Brothers’s work on the Asset Retirement Obligation (ARO) project comprised the removal of four historic diesel generating units in Building 26 and eight retired diesel generating units located in Building 6. The work in Building 26 was completed by manual labour in strict accordance with a work plan that factored in maintaining the operation of the directly adjacent powerplant.

Work crews safely and successfully dismantled the Building 26 generators primarily by hand. The scope of work also included the dismantling of the rooftop radiator cooling tower farm, the demolition of the 40,000-sq ft-Building 6, the demolition of the Administration Building and of a 120-ft stack, as well as other ancillary support buildings and industrial infrastructure.

Several of the buildings required the abatement of asbestos containing materials throughout, with asbestos abatement of the old powerhouse requiring unique approval from the local government for an alternate methodology. 

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