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Product description
The Newnes Junction resource is a friable sandstone deposit, comprising a weathered, mainly white quartzose (high-silica) sandstone.
Product uses
Silica sand is one of the main ingredients in concrete, in which it is a low-value material.
Annual market demand
Domestic: ~7 million tpa in Sydney
International: >1,000 million tpa
Current domestic sources
The bulk of sand consumed by ready mixed concrete manufacturers comprised coarse river sand blended with fine dune sand, sourced at Penrith Lakes and Kurnell respectively.
However, pending sand shortages are expected due to the threat to halt further sand extraction at Kurnell, pending strong Council and public opposition to the recent EIS lodged by Rocla, and the final depletion of sand supplies out of Penrith Lakes by 2010/11. The exhaustion of quarriable reserves at these two locations will decrease Sydney production by about 1 Mtpa and 2-8 Mtpa respectively.
Sale price, ex-bin
24.00 - 26.00 (AUD/t)
Sales tagets (tpa)
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Market proportion
Domestic: 16.0% at full production
International: Not considered for export