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Protection of people and infrastructure a priority in current Specialised Geo projects

Specialised Geo’s skills have been put to good use in some current projects being undertaken in two vastly different environments: one on the shores of Sydney Harbour and the other in the coal mine region of NSW’s Hunter Valley.

“Both projects involve making the surrounding site more stable to protect important infrastructure that is adjacent, and also to protect the local environment,” said Leigh Henness, Managing Director of Specialised Geo. “In the Sydney job, we are using twin rope access to deliver the project, whereas in the Hunter, we are using crane box drilling.”

The Sydney project is being done for Shell Australia in Gore Bay Sydney. A number of large tanks sit at the shore’s edge, with a large cliff sitting behind them. “We are doing site stabilisation work on the cliff face using shotcreting, tekflex application and rock bolting,” said Leigh. “This is to keep the cliff face stabilised to prevent rockfall damage to the tanks below, and to help avoid a potential environmental problem if the tanks were to leak.”

In the Hunter Valley project, Specialised Geo is creating a new portal entry in a coal mine, involving high wall meshing for client, Peabody Energy. “We have been doing a number of jobs for Peabody over the last 12 months,” said Leigh. “This new portal entry will be used as an entrance and exit for mine personnel and equipment and so it is critically important that the area is stabilised and safe.”

The project involves working in challenging conditions on a sharply sloping wall above the mine.

“Both of these projects have required our team to apply our experience and skills to deliver a reliable and safe solution for our clients,” said Leigh. “I am really proud of the quality and dedication our team consistently demonstrates in projects such as these.”

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