For areas of the plant that were a bit more accessible, EDS relied upon a Genesis GXP 1500R mobile shear. The added power of the larger demolition shear (as much as 2,800 tons of cutting force) proved critical in processing some of the larger material they encountered. “There was an unending stream of huge material coming out of that plant,” said Dupont. “Being able to immediately cut through such hearty structural beams and so on has been invaluable in keeping us moving forward.”
The Sept Isle site also contained a good deal of dense concrete that was used in pylons and floor slabs and to support a pair of kilns. Dupont said that while they only have to remove material down to slab grade, they nevertheless generated sizeable volumes of concrete. “We figure that we will have removed more than 20,000 tons of concrete, all of which is being crushed and either used or disposed of locally. Because this was originally the port from which pellets were shipped, recycling of the steel was equally simple. It was taken by truck from the jobsite to the waterfront where it was loaded onto ships and sent overseas to a number of different buyers,” he said.