Gold Coast-based global environmental specialist company RST has embarked on an expansion program to comprehensively service the different aspects of mining and quarrying supply chains, with its suite of fine particle management technology supported by customised mechanical equipment.
RST offers high-performance products, tailor-made mechanical equipment, engineering services and total-managed systems for dust suppression, road stabilisation, erosion control, water and sediment solutions, and carryback reduction.
From specific dust suppression solutions for stockpiles, haulage and transfer points through to soil stabiliser aids and moisture absorbents for mines and haul roads, RST customises solutions in response to unique challenges faced by a mine’s plant to port operations.
RST operations and technical director David Handel says fine particles consistently cause so many varying problems for mine operators that a holistic approach needs to be undertaken to solve a whole range of issues – many unique to individual mine sites.
“Fine particles become dust when dry, sediment or mud when wet, and are responsible for a wide variety of erosion challenges including road and foundation instability,” he said.
“Without proper treatment, haul roads will deteriorate because of problematic swelling and shrinkage due to the characteristics of water, causing multiple material handling issues such as stickiness.
“After significant time researching and developing our range of solutions for mine operations, we are now embarking on an expansion program through the complete materials supply chain.
“Our Plant to Port material handling solutions address the production of excessive fine particles from the mining process upstream through to haulage and transfer stations.
“Operational challenges and environmental conditions are different for every mine site, which is why we customise our products and packages to suit different mine requirements for materials handling, often including mechanical devices for distribution of our products.
“Material type, water quality, application equipment and processes, climatic conditions, etc all become part of the equation and it is the knowledge that RST has gained over 30 years in the industry that allow us to deliver the right solutions to our clients.”