Degrussa aerodrome

Degrussa aerodrome

Peak Hill WA, Australia
Sandfire Resources


Construction of a 2.2km sealed airstrip, drainage and lighting.


RJV completed the De Grussa Airstrip located within the De Grussa mine-site, approximately 170 km North of Meekatharra. One of the inaugural projects undertaken by RJV Mining services, the aerodrome involved approx. 50,000 m3 of earthworks, 30,000 m3 of select fill pavement construction, 30,000 m3 of basecourse construction and 85,000 m2 of sealing works completed in a three coat seal.

In addition to the earthworks and pavement construction, RJV supplied and installed all airside and apron navigational aids and lighting, including approach indicators and gable markers. Storm water around the aerodrome was managed through the construction of drainage channels and bunding, made effective by the use of our D10 dozers to rip through the hard clay pan and rock onsite.

The construction of the pavement courses involved the cartage of all materials from crusher stockpiles onsite, conditioning, placement and compaction of up to 100% MDD. RJV was able to assist the client on the selection, crushing and production of base-course and select fill material suitable for the pavement course through close liaison with the contractor appointed to crush the feedstock from the pit. RJV’s expertise and knowledge of pavement construction meant that suitable materials were produced to achieve a consistent and workable pavement surface suitable for the intended use for the airstrip.

The tight time frame for the project meant that RJV had to closely monitor works and progress to ensure that milestones were being met. The use of D10 dozers to rip in situ rock and hard clay pan material from cut areas as well as the large and maneuverable Hitachi 50T articulated dump trucks for cartage of materials from stockpile to final placement meant that RJV was able to meet production targets required to meet deadlines, whilst minimising the need for unnecessary equipment onsite and easing the demand on existing road infrastructure that was already heavily trafficked due to the mining operations and camp facility construction works nearby.

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