Acciona shows off Australia’s first fully electric piling rig

Electric piling rig on worksite with worker in the corner (acciona)
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Renewables infrastructure business Acciona says it is the first to own and operate a fully electric piling rig for an Australian infrastructure project.

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The Liebherr LB30 ‘Unplugged’ piling rig, the world’s largest capacity fully battery-operated piling rig, is reducing emissions and noise pollution at the Kananook Train Stabling Yard, part of the Level Crossing Removal Project, enabling Acciona to contribute to the delivery of the local project in a more sustainable way.

Acciona CEO Australia & New Zealand Bede Noonan said, “Across our projects, we are actively incorporating the latest technology advancements to reduce the environmental impacts of construction projects.

“The electric piling rig is reducing the overall project emissions at the new train maintenance facility in Kananook and is a great example of how we are driving more sustainable outcomes.

“On this site alone, the electric rig will reduce CO2 emissions by 15 tonnes—a reduction of emissions comparable to avoiding a return flight from Melbourne to Sydney. It also has the added advantage of no engine noise—mitigating noise pollution for the local community.

“As new technology is released around the world, we will continue to be an early adopter of hybrid, electric and hydrogen equipment and vehicles to further reduce our environmental footprint.”

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Acciona is aiming to achieving a 60% reduction in CO2 emissions by 2030.

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