South America proves hotspot for Qld mining firm


Gold Coast-based mining services provider lands contract at the Pascua Lama mine on the Chilean, Argentinean border

South America proves hotspot for Qld mining firm
Qld mining company continues success in South America
March 10, 2011

Less than a year after launching an additional manufacturing arm in Brazil, Queensland mining services provider Reynolds Soil Technologies (RST) has landed a lucrative contract on the Chilean and Argentinean border.

Continuing its success in the South American market, the Gold Coast-based company has been appointed sole dust suppressant provider to the Pascua Lama mine.

RST is using its RT9 product on the open-pit mine which produces more than 300,000 tonnes of gold, silver, copper and other minerals and now exports more than 120,000 litres into the region each month.

Located in the Frontera District in Chile’s Atacama Region and spreading across to Argentina’s San Juan Province, the Pascua Lama mine is up to 5,200m above sea level and began operation in 2009.

RST’s rapid expansion has seen it establish an on-the-ground agent in the region and the directors are now investigating the possibility of manufacturing product directly out of Chile and Colombia to support the fast expanding market.

Technical and development director David Handel says RST is exporting the product as quickly as it is producing it.

"They want the product quickly – we can get it to them in 32 days, but we would like to better that," Handel says.

"If we could set up to manufacture product in the region, it would obviously prove more logistically efficient, but would also open us up to more market opportunity," he says.

With more than 20 years experience in total dust control and soil erosion solutions, RST has been operating across mines in Australia and overseas for several years, designing innovative and holistic dust suppression solutions.


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