Bulwer Island Refinery demolishing site

Bulwer Island Refinery Queensland Clean Fuels Plant Demolition

Bulwer, QLD
8 months
Completed 2022


BP Australia engaged Liberty Industrial to demolish and dispose of the redundant processing units and associated equipment that was part of the Queensland Clean Fuels Project (QFCP) at Bulwer Island Refinery - a 120 hectare site located in Brisbane. The detailed scope of work included the demolition of various processing units, pipe racks, equipment rooms, a control building and a hydrogen compressor. The works required six (6) induced collapses and the demolition of a 75m Flare Stack. All foundations were removed and the site graded and levelled which provided a future development platform.


  • The main structures that was demolished required separation from very dense and interwoven infrastructure. As a result of the site layout, there were requirement for the induced collapse methodology which was used on several structures that were adjacent to the operational fuel storage facility.
  • Presence of buried utilities and possible ground contamination due to previous refinery operations.
  • Worked adjacent to an operational fuel storage facility.

Robust Solutions/Exceptional Outcomes

Robust solutions

  • Detailed work instructions were developed to allow high-risk activities conducted around live and operational process areas.
  • Processing units were grouped to form ‘demolition zones’, which allowed the team to work in a staged and controlled approach based on the classification of these zones.
  • Our team adopted a combination of induced collapse and mechanical demolition methodologies to remove the structures – safely and efficiently. This included utilising a combination of Liberty Industrial’s 38, 48 and 70t excavators with shear, grab and hammer attachments.
  • All excavated areas were backfilled with clean soil and graded to allow stormwater runoff to be directed to existing site stormwater drains within the demolition zones.
  • A Materials Tracking Plan was utilised to track materials from the site to a licensed off-site facility.


Exceptional outcomes

  • Liberty Industrial’s project team successfully completed the demolition and disposal works at the Bulwer Island Refinery to the client’s expectations.
  • Our decommissioning team was able to process and safely dispose up to 30% more scrap material from the site than anticipated.

Value Add


Demolition Simulation and Modelling

With exclusive license to demonstrate using Extreme Loading® for Structures (ELS) software developed by Applied Sciences International (ASI).



Use of best approach demolition and dismantling such as explosive using world class fleet, safety and engineering methodologies in explosives and rigging.


Decontamination and Industrial Cleaning

Designing engineered solutions for decontamination such as removal of asbestos, heavy metals, PCBs, dioxins, PFAS and NORMs.


Ground and Waste Water Treatment

Treatment of a wide range of contaminants and complex water treatment and soil vapour extraction.


Asset and Resource Recovery

Comprehensive waste and recycling management to contribute to the circular economy to extend the lifecycle of materials.


Site Remediation

Site rehabilitation via methods such as bioremediation, containment, decontamination, dewatering, stabilisation, treatment and tracking to disposal of contaminants.


Managing PFAS in Site Closure Remediation


Bioremediation for Closure


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