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Dust-suppression product halves costs in gas industry

Australian “˜instant’ infrastructure company Global Road Technology has again proved its capabilities following the release of an independent investigation into its dust suppression product used in the CSG and resource sectors.

Global Road Technology (GRT) solves road-stabilisation and dust-control problems for all types of roads – from major highways and freeways to haulage, industrial and rural roads, tarmacs, hardstand areas and water repellent pavements.

GRT’s technology can be applied to clay, silt, sand and gravel materials to create instant, safer and sustainable infrastructure.

A comparative analysis undertaken by Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu found that GRT’s dust-suppression product, used on QGC’s road network, delivered almost 37 per cent cost saving over two years for QGC.

GRT Chief Financial Officer Herman Allison said he was not surprised by the findings that were released earlier this year.

“We always knew our product was one of the best in the business, and this latest analysis from Deloitte has confirmed it,” said Mr Allison.

GRT engaged Deloitte to conduct the cost-analysis on conventional water-suppression for road construction and maintenance activities, comparative to its specially formulated environmentally friendly cross-linked co-polymer dust-suppression product GRT7000.

Engineered for use in civil construction, GRT7000 concentrate is diluted with water before loaded into a water tank and applied to any dusty, unsealed road using standard spray equipment.

Deloitte’s in-depth analysis concluded that while the initial cost outlay for dust suppression using the GRT approach was higher than the alternative, the ongoing maintenance was significantly less, with equipment utilisation reduced greatly, delivering a break-even cost for ongoing dust suppression very quickly.

To assist with the project, Deloitte engaged the services of SMEC, a highly experienced professional engineering and construction services firm along with independent estimators and project advisors Project Support.

The cost-benefit analysis was conducted using industry rates provided by Australian companies working in the mining and resource sectors.

Its civil engineering and transportation planning consultants worked as independent technical advisers while a specialist quantity surveyor assisted with the identification of the appropriate cost base and operational assumptions to support the financial analysis.

Mr Allison said that together Deloitte and SMEC offered a specialist team with relevant experience.

“Deloitte brought a unique combination of specialist infrastructure advisory services, financial and business modelling and economic analysis experience. It is a global firm with a highly regarded brand which ensured the credibility and independence of this analysis and findings,” he said.

Deloitte used sophisticated cost-modelling assumptions and industry rates to prove GRT7000’s cost benefits over other conventional water-only dust-suppression options.

GRT is based in southeast Queensland and operates in India, the United States, Indonesia and South America, producing over 40 tonnes of environmentally friendly soil specific products a day.

Visit www.globalroadtechnology.com for further information about the company and its products.

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