New dust suppressant for Augusta Power Stations

ENVIRONMENT: Flinders Power has selected a new dust suppresant for the former Augusta Power Stations site. PHOTO: Flinders Power.
ENVIRONMENT: Flinders Power has selected a new dust suppresant for the former Augusta Power Stations site. PHOTO: Flinders Power.

Flinders Power has commenced the spread of a new dust suppressant at the former Augusta Power Stations site in a bid to prevent any dust episodes during the spring and summer.

A series of trials with different products were conducted, before Flinders Power selected Adelaide-based Spray Grass Australia as the supplier.

The suppressant is to be applied to a 150 hectare area using a specialised water cart, creating a hard crust on the surface of the site, while still allowing air and rainfall to penetrate.

The product is said to be biodegradable and non-hazardous to humans and the environment.

A statement from Flinders Power said the work is already underway and is part of the overall site topsoil dust management plan.

“The suppressant application is one of a number of initiatives being undertaken, balancing the short-term risk of topsoil dust, while the longer-term revegetation of the site continues,” the statement said.

Flinders Power admitted the revegetation project has been slowed by below average rainfall, but the company is confident full vegetation will be achieved.

The spreading process is expected to take up to two weeks to complete, depending on weather conditions.

DUST MANAGEMENT: A bird's eye view of the new dust suppressant supplied by Spray Grass Australia. PHOTO: Flinders Power.

DUST MANAGEMENT: A bird's eye view of the new dust suppressant supplied by Spray Grass Australia. PHOTO: Flinders Power.