Monday, November 17th, 2014

Australian Decommissioning Services (Ausdecom) is delighted to announce that it has won the World Demolition Awards 2014 in the category of Contract of the Year Under $US1.5 million.  The Award followed shortlisting alongside finalists Keltbray, UK and Brandenburg, USA.  Ausdecom’s submission was selected and awarded based on its strength and focus on safety, the complexity of the project and its delivery, on-time and on-budget.

The Ausdecom submission detailed its project for Arrium Mining in Whyalla, South Australia - the Phase 3 dismantling of a redundant pellet plant at the Whyalla steelworks earlier this year.  Safety and strong communications were integral to the successful delivery of the project with many structures requiring dismantling using heavy lifting and specialised demolition equipment.   The largest single lift was an 114t rotary dryer which was located 18 meters in the air on concrete plinths located within metres of existing operational plant. 

The project was completed without incident or injury within the 4 month agreed contract timeframe. 

Sam McKellar, General Manager, was thrilled with Australia’s and Ausdecom’s first international win, saying “This recognition of Ausdecom vindicates the focus on, and our innovative approach in working very closely with clients on safety and communications.  It’s how we plan and execute all of our work.”

The Award was presented in Amsterdam on November 6, at the 2014 World Demolition Summit which is a gathering of international industry leaders presenting, among other papers, reports detailing how some of the most challenging demolition projects from around the world were successfully carried out. The 2014 World Demolition Awards are part of this event, celebrating the best projects that the demolition industry has achieved in the construction sector over the period from June 2013 to June 2014.


Sam Mc Kellar, General Manager +61 400 675 010

Jared Roberts, National Business Manager +61 429 976 882



  1. Attached Image L to R:  Ausdecom Employees receiving the Award in Amsterdam, Nov 2014.  Jared Roberts, National Business Manager,  Sam McKellar, General Manager and Jim Moore Health, Safety Quality and Environment Manager. 
  2. Various Award Images:

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Background to Australian Decommissioning Services (Ausdecom)

Sam McKellar launched Australian Decommissioning Services Pty Ltd (Ausdecom) into the high tech end of the wider demolition and recycling market in 2013.  Sam had departed his role and his family’s long history with Alex Fraser, taking long-serving staff with him and integrating the business further with the addition of land remediation.  The McKellar family has been successfully involved in this industry since the early 1900’s.

The team’s Australian expertise and integrated focus on safety first and effective communication with clients are its outstanding values.  They have positioned this new entrant in the Decommissioning and Dismantling business as a leading force for innovative partnerships in mining, petroleum and manufacturing.  As winner of the prestigious World Demolition Awards 2014, Contract of the Year Under $1.5 million it’s expertise is already receiving world-wide recognition.

Sam McKellar, General Manager is available for interview and can be contacted on +61 400 675 010 or +61 3 98445716 or at [email protected]

Jared Roberts, National Business Manager is also available for interview and can be contacted on +61 429 976 882 or +61 3 9844 5716 or at [email protected]

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