Australian dust management and soil stabilisation company Reynolds Soil Technologies (RST)
has further expanded their global network by launching operations for wet soil solutions in Papua New Guinea.
The Gold Coast-based company recently signed an agency agreement with Papua New Guinea representative Angus Davey to manage RST’s operations in PNG. The strategic alliance with Angus Davey is based on the significant opportunities in the agricultural, mining and civil sectors for RST’s proven soil stabilisation technologies.
RST’s operations and technical director David Handel explained that Papua New Guinea offered further international growth for RST, with the new PNG partnership allowing the company to deliver strategic solutions to various sectors within the country.
RST PNG will look after three different sectors of soil stabilisation in Papua New Guinea, including road structures through PNG’s palm oil plantations, haul roads through larger mine sites and the building of new highway structures through the Central Highlands.
RST will combine its deep expertise in soil stabilisation, water management and sediment control with Mr Davey’s knowledge of business in PNG to deliver soil solutions in the country. The potential for RST in Papua New Guinea is significant, due to its close proximity to Australia as well its prospective growth in the mining and agricultural sector.
According to RST’s manager of technology and business development, Mark Farmer, the company had undertaken extensive research to understand the country’s wet weather conditions in order to provide the best recommendations for each project. RST has considerable expertise in managing the wet weather conditions that typically impact PNG’s resource and agricultural sectors.
With Papua New Guinea experiencing a large quantity of rainfall each year, RST’s focus is on offering soil stabilisation and agricultural products.
Mr Farmer points out water-damaged and poorly structured roads in PNG’s palm oil plantations impact transportation of crop to such an extent that plantations can lose over 1,000 tonnes of produce per month to deterioration.
One of RST PNG’s primary objectives will be to assist with building quality road systems through Papua New Guinea’s palm oil plantations to help recover a greater proportion of their crop during the transportation phase. Mr Farmer said RST PNG would utilise their soil stabilising products featuring RT-20 throughout the plantations, to increase and strengthen the road’s density and road surface life as well as reduce road construction costs.
RST’s cost-effective solutions will also minimise the void spaces between the soil particles, which will significantly reduce the water’s ability to permeate into the road surface, preventing damage caused by heavy rainfall.
RST will also be working with some of the international mining companies in Papua New Guinea to implement their suite of soil stabilisation products on mine site haul roads, improving the ‘all weather standard’ of road systems and simultaneously increasing production rates.
RST PNG agent Angus Davey said launching operations in Papua New Guinea was significant for the advancement of soil technology and provided a multitude of opportunities for RST in the mining, agricultural and civil works sectors.
RST has more than 24 years of experience specialising in total dust management, soil stabilisation, erosion, water and agricultural solutions for mine sites, haul roads, ports and land sites both in Australia and overseas.
Headquartered in Burleigh Heads, Queensland with offices in Welshpool, Western Australia, RST’s international operations extend to countries including South and North America, South Africa, Asia and New Caledonia.