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$10.5m sustainable asphalt facility opens in Tasmania

Road works in the city. Working on special equipment cut off the old asphalt on a Sunny summer day

Downer has opened a new $10.5 million asphalt manufacturing facility in Launceston, with a view to significantly increase the use of recycled material in the construction of Tasmania’s roads.

The new facility replaces an existing asphalt plant that is approaching the end of its service life.

“Our two existing asphalt manufacturing facilities in Tasmania currently produce thousands of tonnes each year that is used to build and maintain roads right across the state,” said George Panagiotou, Downer’s Executive General Manager – National Operations.

Downer team members in high vis at the new Launceston asphalt facility
Image: Downer.

“Now the new plant has been commissioned we are tripling our hourly production rate, enabling Downer to service customers more efficiently.”

Panagiotou said the new facility will provide considerable sustainability benefits for the Tasmanian community.

“It has a lower carbon emissions profile than the existing plant, through improved energy efficiency and reduced fuel consumption,” he said.

“It’s also capable of producing road surfacing products that incorporate a high proportion of recycled products. This includes Downer’s Reconophalt product, which incorporates waste glass, soft plastics, and up to 30 per cent reclaimed asphalt pavement.

“Using these waste products in road surfacing reduces reliance on virgin materials and delivers sustainability outcomes for the Tasmanian community.”

Construction of the new facility involved a temporary workforce of approximately 80 people, including contractors and service providers from the greater Launceston area.

During its service life, the plant will support job security for the next 25 years for plant staff and will potentially result in more job creation in the north of the state.

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