Minister of Works, Sen. Julian Francis is urging that aggregate from the Rabacca Dry River, commonly called “Rabacca stuff” be used in construction, rather than beach sand.
Francis told Parliament last week there were thousands of tonnes of aggregate, crushed and shifted aggregate at the Taiwanese operation in Rabacca.
“But we are still bent on going to Diamond and digging out the sand from the sea to mix concrete. The aggregate at Rabacca is cheaper; it is better for construction because it is washed. There is very little salt in it, if any at all, especially now that it is the rainy season,” Francis further said.
He said that at the Taiwanese operation the material is washed as it is being shifted and crushed.
That is the aggregate that is being used at the Argyle International Airport, he said.
“In fact, they are mixing the Rabacca shifted sand with the beach sand, to reduce the impact on the beaches, to plaster the Argyle International Airport.
“Why can’t we do it? It costs us a little bit more in transportation from Rabacca down. But, in the end, you are going to get a better quality, it is going to cost you less on maintenance,” he further said.
Francis explains that when beach sand is used in construction the salt comes to the surface with time and causes paint to peel.
“I want to appeal to us. The aggregate is available — thousands of tonnes lying out there in storage. … It is passed, it is tested, and it is recommended for use,” he said.