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Hazelwood Dredger 9 Fell Success

The final dredger demolition works carried out today (Thursday 6 May 2021) at the Hazelwood Rehabilitation Project proved another success, with the demolition of Dredger 9 described as ‘textbook.’ The Dredger was demolished by controlled explosive collapse on schedule at 11am, safely bringing to ground the piece of large mining equipment to enable processing and recycling.

The event followed months of demolition planning by the demolition contractor Delta Group, the ENGIE Hazelwood team and international subject matter experts. The dredger fell as planned onto a sand and clay dampening pad, which was set up to reduce any potential vibration impact. All of the blast cutting charges were fully expended with no misfires and, with a cool and misty day, no issues are expected with hot spots. Monitoring of the site will continue for 24 hours as a safety precaution.

Dredger 9, built in 1964, is the last of the dredgers demolished at Hazelwood. Dredgers 11 and 10 were also demolished by controlled explosive collapse in 2020, with a further two dredgers, 24 and 25, mechanically dismantled. An ENGIE spokesperson acknowledged that the final dredger demolition signals the end of an era.

Many people have been associated with the former Hazelwood Power Station and Mine and the bucket wheel excavators, which were symbolic of the industry. To this end the demolition today was not a cause for celebration but rather another step towards creating a landform available for future uses. Inspectors from Earth Resources Regulation (ERR) and Fire Rescue Victoria (FRV) personnel were on site as observers.

The photos show the moment of detonation and the the result, Dredger 9 safely on the ground.


Hazelwood Rehabilitation Project – Demolition Update

Boiler House 3 28 April, 2021

Boiler House 3 at the former Hazelwood Power Station was successfully felled on Wednesday 28 April 2021 using explosive demolition methods.

The controlled collapse took place at 2pm as scheduled.

The structure and dust suppression measures behaved as modelled, ensuring the safety of all site personnel as well as the local community.

Immediate inspection by thermal imaging drones was undertaken to monitor for any hotspots. The site continued to be monitored for the next 24 hours.

Extensive fire suppression systems were put in place in the lead up to the works as a precaution and worked well.

Dust, noise and asbestos monitoring results will be available by Friday 30 April on this website. To view the report please click here.

The controlled engineering collapse using explosive demolition of the single dredger remaining in the mine area is expected during May 2021 and the two remaining boiler houses are scheduled for demolition between June and September 2021.


Notice of Demolition Works

The major demolition works at the Hazelwood Rehabilitation Project in 2021 are set to recommence in late April 2021.

This year’s program will see the explosive controlled collapse of Boiler Houses 3, 2 and 1. One more piece of Large Mining Equipment, Dredger 9, will also be demolished by explosive controlled collapse.

The schedule at this stage is for Boiler House 3 to be brought down in late April / early May 2021, with Boiler House 2 in June 2021 and Boiler House 1 in August/ September 2021. Dredger 9 is scheduled for May 2021.

As usual, the exact dates for each demolition will be governed by suitable weather conditions, so are subject to change.

Just before each explosive demolition, notice will be provided to near neighbours, the communities of Morwell and Churchill, with notification also provided through local media. The EmergencyVic app will also run a community notice just before each blast.

One benefit to the program this year is that Dredger 25, which was originally marked for explosive demolition, has been mechanically demolished. This follows demolition of Dredger 24, which is slightly smaller than Dredger 25. However, the lessons learned from Dredger 24 enabled a review of Dredger 25 works and demonstrated it could be mechanically dismantled and processed. 

Updates on all of the works will be available through this website www.hazelwoodrehabilitation.com.au

This year, 2021, will see the completion of much of the major demolition works at the Hazelwood Rehabilitation Project. If all goes according to plan, the demolition of the three remaining boiler houses will be followed by remediation of the former power station block.

Click here to download the FAQ for the Boiler House Demolition


The historic ‘Hazelwood’ sign at the former Hazelwood Power Station has been removed – but it won’t be forgotten.

The highly visible red letters were carefully removed on 9 February 2021 by demolition contractors Delta Group and will now go into storage until plans for its future are finalised.

The sign, set up in 1966, is about 25 metres long and each letter stands 1.82 metres (six feet) high. The letters are of varying widths with the ‘W’ the widest at some two and a half metres. Finished in red vitreous enamel, each letter was fitted with four rows of red neon tubing which provided the distinctive red sign.

Delta used high level cranes to remove each letter and lower them to the ground. Preparation works took place in the week prior which meant removal took place mostly on Tuesday morning, with the letter ‘H’ the last to come down at 12.30pm.

Boiler House Demolition

The remaining structure of Boiler House 4, Unit 7, at the former Hazelwood Power Station was successfully felled on the 15th of December 2020 using explosive demolition methods.

The structure and dust suppression measures behaved as modelled, ensuring the safety of all site personnel as well as the local community.

The controlled collapse took place at 2pm on Tuesday the 15th December 2020 as scheduled.

Immediate inspection by thermal imaging drones showed no hot spots, although the site will continue to be monitored for the next 24 hours.

Extensive fire suppression systems were put in place in the lead up to the works as a precaution against any fire issues and worked well.

Dust, noise and asbestos monitoring results will be available within the next 48 hours and will be publicly available on this website.

Demolition of the two remaining dredgers in the mine area will take place in 2021 as will the remaining three Boiler Houses (3, 2 and 1).


The ENGIE Hazelwood Rehabilitation Project

A major project is now underway to rehabilitate the site of the former Hazelwood Power Station and Mine, with ENGIE Hazelwood committed to the delivery of a safe, stable and sustainable final landform.

The Hazelwood Rehabilitation Project is delivering the safe closure, decommissioning and rehabilitation and of the former open cut Mine and its surrounds, as defined by Mining Licence MIN5004.

Works are also underway in adjoining areas not included within the Mining Licence. These programs include the demolition of the former Hazelwood Power Station and other redundant mining infrastructure, and works upon the Hazelwood Cooling Pond.

ENGIE Hazelwood’s preferred final landform for the former Mine void is a lake, which is proposed to be delivered in stages, subject to regulatory approvals. 

ENGIE Hazelwood has developed a comprehensive Concept Master Plan for Hazelwood, available here which conveys potential new uses and future investment opportunities for the site.

Regulatory Oversight

Mine rehabilitation activities are governed by the Minerals Resources (Sustainable Development) Act 1990 (MRSD Act) and Mineral Resources (Sustainable Development) (Mineral Industries) Regulations 2019 (Vic) (MRSD Regulations), which provide the framework for the closure, decommissioning and rehabilitation of the Mine site.

ENGIE Hazelwood’s rehabilitation operations at the Hazelwood Mine are subject to the provisions of the MRSD Act and the MRSD Regulations, and relevant Work Plan approval documentation.

ENGIE Hazelwood is committed to complying with all legal obligations in the context of the final rehabilitation works.  

Our Commitments

At Hazelwood the safety of staff, contractors and the community is the number one priority.  The health and safety philosophy is “Safety First” and ENGIE Hazelwood is committed to providing a safe and healthy workplace.

The Hazelwood Rehabilitation Project also has a strong focus on supporting and developing local labour skills in the Latrobe Valley. Local personnel are engaged where practically possible and the Project is averaging more than 70 percent local labour content. Some specialist skills are required, in particular for the demolition works being conducted by the Delta Group.

We acknowledge the Traditional Owners of the lands where we operate, the Gunaikurnai people, and pay respects to their elders, past, present and emerging.