Walters have been awarded the Whatley Quarry Load and Haul contract renewal. Building upon our previous successful 6-year partnership with Hanson Aggregates we successfully bid and were awarded the contract to continue a fully managed Load and Haul Service including operators.
Whatley Quarry, in Frome Somerset, is Hanson’s flagship unit and is the largest of its quarries extending to 173 hectares, of which 120 hectares comprise the limestone extraction site. The quarry operates 24 hours a day and produces in excess of five million tonnes of aggregate a year. Limestone reserves are in the order of 100 million tonnes.
The aggregate from Whatley is being used to build Hinkley Point C Nuclear Power Station and is transported by rail to the port at Avonmouth, loaded onto ships and then delivered by sea to Hinkley. It is also transported by rail to Hanson’s operations in London.
Since the commencement of the original contract, our equipment on-site has been fully utilised to deliver more than 5.5 million tonnes per annum of limestone to the client’s primary crusher on a continuous choke feed basis over two shifts. We have hauled over 32million tonnes of material and our site management team has been fully integrated with our client’s team on-site and actively participates in the running of the quarrying operations.
We provide all the mobile plant and operators to excavate, load and haul material from the excavation area to the primary crusher and waste material to tip and, as part of the contract, we also carry out quarry development on site.
The renewal of the contract will see the significant investment in new plant, equipment, office and welfare facilities throughout 2020.