In its May 2009 Budget, the Australian Government announced the largest nation-building infrastructure programme since the Snowy Mountain Scheme began in 1949. Dubbed ?Nation Building for Recovery? the Government?s economic stimulus plan committed $22 billion for road infrastructure, and the upgrading of the Pacific Highway in NSW represents an important part of this plan.
The Pacific Highway Upgrade Programme is one of the largest infrastructure projects in the history of NSW. The Karuah to Bulahdelah Stages 2 and 3 require the construction of 23km of dual carriageway which, when completed, will provide significant benefits to users by improving safety and travel times and reducing freight transport costs. This project was awarded to Abigroup Contractors as principal contractor.
NSW Crushing and Screening Pty Ltd was a successful tenderer for the crushing works associated with this project. Said managing director Peter Male, ?The company deployed its range of nine Sandvik (Extec) track-mounted machines to achieve the various project requirements. There are three primary crushers – two QJ340 jaw crushers and a Megabite jaw crusher, three secondary crushers (comprising two QI340 impactors and a 2002 model Extec impactor) and three screens – two QE340 scalpers and a QA340 double screen. This combination of machines has ensured a very high throughput of quality end product that has consistently met the material specification requirements of the project.?
Established in 1999 by Dennis and Peter Male, and now based in Tamworth, NSW Crushing and Screening has owned and operated its tracked crushers and screens exclusively since 2004. ?It is essential that we have up to date and world class equipment on site. The Sandvik range of crushers and screens is proven and can guarantee the efficiency and reliability we require. With the four Sandvik crushers working in combination near Bulahdelah we have achieved a daily production of up to 6000 tonnes of verge material and the overall consistency in production has contributed to the on-time achievement of the other specifications for this important infrastructure project.?
Peter Male is also quick to point out that minimising time lost to maintenance is also critical to the success on his operations. ?Because our crushers and screens are based on innovative design and proven engineering, they are not complicated to operate or maintain. Further, compatibility and standardisation of spare parts ensures that our maintenance time is kept to an absolute minimum as is the number and variety of spare parts in our inventory.
?At NSW Crushing and Screening, we like to adopt a real ?can do? attitude with our customers. Road upgrade and infrastructure projects can be challenging and take several years to complete so it is important to have the right equipment and people to deliver the required results and build lasting customer relationships based on performance and trust.?
According to Mr Male, Sandvik has played a vital role in the successful execution of their sub-contract work associated with the Abigroup Pacific Highway Upgrade project.
Sandvik acquired Extec in 2007 and is bringing advanced crusher and screener product technology combined with excellent process knowledge to the on-going development of mobile crushing and screening machines for the commercial benefit of contractors like NSW Crushing & Screening and Precisionscreen in Brisbane.
Source: Turner & Gold Marketing Solutions