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Dandenong asphalt site opens for business

Date: 11-Jun-2013

Alex Fraser Asphalt recently commissioned a new state of the art 300 tonnes per hour asphalt facility in Dandenong, Victoria, Australia. Growing demand from our customers supported the need for an additional facility in the Melbourne metropolitan region.

A number of different locations were analysed. Competitor activity and key client locations indicated that the South East of Melbourne was the perfect location. The location of the identified Dandenong site was perfect, with fast access to two major freeways in Melbourne’s Eastern urban growth corridor.

The timeline for this project was impressive, it was approved by the board in March 2012. A suitable site was identified and purchased, the relevant planning approvals were fast-tracked, site works were conducted quickly and the new asphalt production plant and equipment arrived on site in December 2012. The first asphalt production trial was run in February 2013. The plant features a ‘green’ foaming unit, bitumen condensers, and a blue smoke load-out extraction system. These systems make the plant one of the most ‘green’ in terms of carbon emissions.

A significant difference between Alex Fraser Asphalt’s existing Laverton facility and the new site in Dandenong is its hot storage capability. The new plant offers long term hot storage. This allows for a larger production volume and a longer storage time (of up to 3-4 days) which causes less waste and more optimised mixing times.

The new site also has twice the capacity of the existing Laverton site. The extra hot storage silos in Dandenong will support the Laverton site. It also will enable the business to provide asphalt laying services to Melbourne’s South-East region, allowing Alex Fraser to take on more small to medium-sized projects. To date this has not been possible, due to the Laverton site already running at full capacity.

The product range produced in Dandenong will be identical to the company’s existing facility in Laverton. As natural resources diminish local councils and road authorities are allowing more recycled products to be used in asphalt mixes. Alex Fraser has worked closely with road authorities to gain approval of the use of recycled products in road construction. Thanks to the design of the new Dandenong plant, Alex Fraser can continue to support these initiatives and increase the use of recycled products in their asphalt mixes.

Alex Fraser Asphalt has led the way in sustainable use of recycled materials in asphalt production. As a result, local authorities are now allowing an increased variety of recycled materials such as glass, recycled asphalt product (RAP) and recycled concrete to be used in asphalt production.

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