Boral Asphalt expects to commission a new $13 million asphalt plant in Toowoomba in October in the face of strong regional demand.
The large scale Ammann batch plant will have a capacity of 140 tph and features four hot storage bins to allow flexibility in the production of different asphalt mixes.
Boral Asphalt – Queensland general manager Rob McGuire said the company had supplied asphalt for the Toowoomba market for many years out of a small production plant located in Industrial Avenue.
“This plant is no longer able to supply the volumes required or operate efficiently,” he said.
“For major works, a large mobile asphalt plant has been supplying mixes into the local regional market and for Queensland Transport and Main Roads project work – particularly on the Warrego Highway upgrades.”
A decision was made recently to build and operate a new ‘fixed plant’ on a Witmack Estate site following approval by the Toowoomba Regional Council, he said.
“This plant will be able to service the local market as well as being able to provide large volumes into the project market,” Mr McGuire said.
“The plant will be highly energy efficient and able to use reclaimed asphalt pavement (RAP) and produce a range of high specification products concurrently.”
Mr McGuire said Boral saw sustainable future in the Toowoomba region, underpinning this long term investment, and also reflected in Boral’s investment in the Wellcamp Quarry located on the western side of Toowoomba.
“Boral’s confidence in the Toowoomba region and in the expected strength in asphalt demand in Queensland more generally is echoed by construction market forecasts issued by Macromonitor,” Mr McGuire said.
“Macrominotor is forecasting strong growth in asphalt demand in Queensland over the coming years, underpinned by a solid pipeline of infrastructure work in metro and regional markets.”