November 6th saw the official opening of the new SAMI Bitumen Import terminal and processing plant at Kwinana. The event was officiated by a number of key dignitaries which included the new global COLAS CEO, Frédéric Gardès, Mayor of Kwinana, Carol Adams, Minister of Transport & Planning WA, Hon Rita Saffioti, and the Deputy Premier of WA, Hon Roger Cook. The well organised event was attended and supported by local customers, clients and group staff.
Hon Rita Saffioti and Frédéric Gardès cutting the ribbon to commemorate the opening of the new terminal
The new facility will replace the old Fremantle terminal and provide additional bitumen storage capacity and processing capabilities to produce EME2 bitumen for the local market. The use of EME2 asphalt can lead to a reduction of up to 30% in structural asphalt thickness in heavy duty pavements. With the adoption of this technology a substantial savings in materials and cost will be realised for the local roads, airports and ports asset owners.
Delegates inspecting the new bitumen import terminal at the official opening