Scottish Scrap

02 May 2008

Scotland based, John Lawrie Group, has acquired a new generation Liebherr R944B HDSL Litronic excavator and LaBounty shear combination for its recycling operation in Aberdeen, Scotland.

The John Lawrie Group has operations in Scotland, Scandinavia, continental Europe, North America and the Middle East – all dealing with the reclamation, processing and sale of scrap metals, trading of new and reusable steel, pipes and associated equipment and the provision of key products and services to the hydrocarbons, shipping and construction industries and utilities.

The 40 tonne class R944B is being used for decommissioning projects, both on site and at the yard, where it pre-cuts metals for direct feed into the company's 1000 tonnes shear. The machine is therefore removing the need to use oxyacetylene cutting methods.

John Lawrie Group's Dave Weston said, “While oxyacetylene is sometimes the only viable method for certain decommissioning tasks where, for example, accessibility for machinery is impossible, we are making considerable progress in addressing the environmental and safety issues of this cutting method and constantly looking for ways to use other more environmentally friendly and operationally safer metal cutting equipment. By investing in the new excavator-shear combination, we have effectively reduced our flame cutting by around 80%”.

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