Monday 28th Sep, 2020

Boral completes $5M wash plant refurbishment

Works are now complete on the $5 million wash plant refurbishment at Boral’s Bacchus Marsh Sand Quarry, allowing the company to increase its capacity and support its customer base.
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Works are now complete on the $5 million wash plant refurbishment at Boral’s Bacchus Marsh Sand Quarry, allowing the company to increase its capacity and support its customer base.

There is an enormous need for sand around the world and locally. In particular, the plant aims to tap into Melbourne’s construction boom and the associated Victorian Government investment into infrastructure expansion and improvement.

Sand is necessary to produce concrete, a vital part of the infrastructure development occurring across the state.

Natural sand sources close to Melbourne’s CBD are gradually being exhausted. When this happens, material needs to be sourced from locations further away, increasing labour and transport costs that have a flow-on effect.

The refurbishment means Boral’s sand quarry can a reduce onsite production hours and increase its customer base to support more of Melbourne’s CBD projects.

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Refurbishment of the existing wash plant at Bacchus Marsh was essential to meet the forecast demand of infrastructure projects after Boral was awarded a contract to supply the West Gate Tunnel Project.

To ensure Boral could continue to meet current and future demand for sand, Big Build Boral purchased the land adjacent to its existing pit at Bacchus Marsh.

According to Boral, the land contains many years’ worth of raw feed with core drilling results showing a highly variable raw feed, and high volumes of lower grade feed.

“The current pit has always yielded small amounts of low-grade feed, but not enough to justify significant plant modifications, so this material has historically been discarded as overburden to be used as part of the overarching strategy to rehabilitate the site in future years once production at Bacchus Marsh is complete,” the company said in a statement.

“Following the refurbishment of the plant, Boral is now able to process a variable feed and consistently produce a high-quality product which is then used to make the exceptional concrete we have become synonymous for.”