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Project Name: Mine Haul Road in Suriname

Project Location: Paramaribo, Suriname

Project Challenge:

Due to its location in a tropical climate, the remote gold mine experiences heavy rains that result in soft clay soils becoming impassable. These conditions pose operational challenges and increase cycle times because Cat 785 trucks (275 tons) must be able to travel through the soft soil areas to access the mine. The mining haul roads were in need of a soil stabilization solution to strengthen the underlying soils.


Project Solution:

The project owners adopted a value engineering approach to optimize haul road design and minimize long-term costs associated with recurring maintenance and repair.

They accomplished this by employing the GEOWEB® Cellular Confinement System (geocells) to stabilize and confine road-base materials. The geocell system allowed for the beneficial use of locally available coarse river sand for the placement of base materials.

Project Results:

  • No down time
  • No rutting observed
  • Decreased rolling resistance and increased tire life
  • Less vehicle maintenance, less fuel
  • Better productivity and better operational costs
  • Reduced carbon emissions
  • Safer

Our solution and product helped the mine open on-time and under budget!