Duratec was engaged to complete coating refurbishments to the EMI stacker at Rio Tinto’s Dampier Salt operations.


A water wash was carried out on areas showing signs of coating and mechanical damage to establish the full extent of the repairs required.

Damaged coatings were removed by Torbo vapour blasting, followed by the application of an epoxy barrier coat, designed to give long term protection. Works also involved shutdown periods to complete some sections of the structure.

This project is part of our ongoing, full-time site-wide blast and paint contract with Rio Tinto DSL. Other projects we have completed at Dampier Salt include: wash plant refurbishment, jetty abutment concrete repairs, mooring dolphin repairs and fender upgrade, and pump station discharge area concrete repairs.


  • The choice of blasting method for this project was recognised with an award from Rio Tinto for innovation in researching and implementing alternative abrasive blasting units and has resulted in a significant reduction in dust emissions and an increase in efficiency of 60%.
  • The dust reduction afforded by using Torbo blasting made it ideal for use on a working salt mine.
  • Duratec’s experienced local Karratha crew completed the works.
  • The slurry blast finish is supported by International paints Interzone 954 high build epoxy coatings.


  • Abrasive Blasting & Painting
  • High Performance Coatings
  • Shutdowns

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