Higgins has opened its $13 million state-of-the-art asphalt batch plant in Silverdale. The plant rated at 240 tonnes an hour will be the sole supplier for the Ara Tuhono–Puhoi to Warkworth project.
The new semi-continuous batch plant is the first of its kind here and is said to represent a huge leap forward in batching precision, reliability and versatility and means Higgins, part of Fletcher Construction, is now the largest producer of asphalt in New Zealand.
Referred to in the industry as ‘the icing on the cake’ the laying of asphalt signals the successful fruition of sealed roading projects. Over recent years demand has soared as a number of significant infrastructure projects, such as the Puhoi to Warkworth and Waikato Expressway enter their final stages.
“There are some of the largest roading projects in New Zealand history being built right now so this plant is right on time to service a number of those,” says Higgins’ National Asphalt Plant manager Brock Nash.
“As a batch style plant, it’s also extremely versatile and able to service both very large projects and specifically tailored requirements, such as airport runways or ports.” The Silverdale facility will also enable Higgins’ technical teams to test more advanced formulations and even trial the use of waste products with a focus on sustainability and durability, he adds.