On Thursday 20th of February 2014 large crowds gathered to watch the Port Kembla copper stack demolition. The stack was built in 1965 to remove fumes from the copper smelting plant but the decision to demolish was made in 2003 after operations at the plant ceased.
The structure was 200 meters high and contained over 9000 tonnes of concrete and over 500 tonnes of steel reinforcement. Due to the size, the company opted to use explosive demolition to safely dismantle the stack. There were many community concerns about the demolition process including the presence of asbestos materials, vibration and dust that may be generated by the works. All issues were resolved or controlled by the company prior to the demolition and the works were conducted under heavy scrutiny by WorkCover NSW.
Footage of the spectacular fall can be viewed here
It is important that you choose a licenced and reputable demolition company for any demolition project. Abyss Demolition is experienced in complex demolition projects including industrial demolition, commercial demolition and mine site demolition. Our team can help you foresee any issues that may arise and work with you to create innovative, safe and efficient solutions. We are licenced for unrestricted demolition and fully licenced to conduct both non-friable asbestos removal and friable asbestos removal. For more information on how we can assist you with your next project, contact us on (07) 3341 9400 or via our website www.abyssdemolition.com.au
Demolition projects can cover a wide range of industries. From mining demolition and plant decommissioning to asbestos removal and commercial demolition, it is important to choose a firm who can help with all of your needs. Abyss Demolition is a Queensland based company offering the flexibility and experience to get the job done right in a wide range of areas, including:
Mining is a big industry for Queensland, with north Queensland well known for its flourishing mines both large and small. Demolition in this industry is quite common and it is important to employ professional and skilled workers to complete a demolition project in a safe and efficient manner in the mining sector. This is where Abyss Demolition comes in. They have mine inducted staff who are able to work in remote areas as necessary to complete the projects.
In the industrial sector, demolition projects are often unique from one case to the next. Abyss Demolition understand that creative and innovative solutions must be applied to achieve the desired results. Their highly skilled staff can provide safe and efficient demolition services that fulfil these requirements. Some of the projects they can offer include the decommissioning of a plant demolition or the demolition of items that are close to or attached to items to remain and working within facilities that must remain functioning.
With extensive experience working in a commercial setting, Abyss Demolition has the skills and expertise to develop and implement a demolition method and program to suit your project. Abyss Demolition will go above and beyond the call of duty, including liaising with several trades throughout the program, working after hours to ensure there is minimal impact on client’s business and performing the works to strict deadlines.
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Demolition projects are known for being messy. They are all about destroying something in the most efficient and affordable way. This kind of destruction can greatly damage the environment in the vicinity and beyond, impacting on local flora and fauna. However, even though a demolition project may result in a large mess, it doesn’t mean it has to harm the land. Instead, with the right tools and clean-up process, a demolition job can be completed without harming a thing. Continue reading “Eco-friendly demolition services – the importance of looking after our environment” »