Boral has neared completion of a new clinker grinding and cement storage facility in Geelong, Victoria, which will help in building the infrastructure of south-east Australia for the next 40 years.
The Lascelles Wharf facility, built at Geelong Port, will begin with an output of 750,000 tonnes of cement per annum during the final quarter of 2021, before ramping up to 1.3 million tonnes per annum in 2022.
Boral executive general manager Rajeev Ramankutty said the benefits of the facility will be felt locally and interstate.
“We are pleased that construction of our Geelong clinker grinding and cement storage facility is nearing completion,” Ramankutty said.
“This significant investment has been made to ensure the supply of cement to the Victorian and adjacent markets in South Australia and Tasmania for many years to come.
“This brand-new facility will provide efficiencies which will benefit local residents, including a reduction in truck movements on Geelong roads.”
By building at Geelong Port, Boral is able to more efficiently receive and grind clinker, with works continuing on ship unloading equipment including wharf side hoppers and conveyors.
The cement produced at Lascelles Wharf will be made from a mix of clinker – a mix of limestone and minerals – and granulated blast furnace slag (GBFS).
Ramankutty explained the benefits of the new process.
“This new facility allows Boral to increase the use of GBFS as a cementitious substitute in the manufacture of cement,” Ramankutty said.
“This by-product of the steel manufacturing process would otherwise end up in landfill.
“We’re proud this new facility represents Boral’s ongoing commitment to driving efficiencies and sustainability in the manufacturing of our products.”