Amphibious excavator enters the salt lake potash mining ventures

Rapid Dam Contractors has broadened its scope of activities from being a specialist in building and expanding Tailings Storage Facilities to providing services for potash mining in Western Australia’s salt lakes.

The company has added a 13tonne amphibious excavator to its fleet.

The excavator is able to float on the surface of a lake or work in extremely boggy conditions where a normal machine could not cope.

The machine developed by Rapid Dams could be the forerunner of specialised equipment needed to facilitate the recent increase of interest in mining salt lakes for the sulphate of potash that can be sourced from the lakes.

After drying the brine from the lakes, the sulphate of potash left is used as a premium fertiliser for fruits, vegetable and other plants that require this particular fertiliser.

Rapid Dam’s Area Manager, said the prime purpose of developing the machine was to increase the capability of working on very soft terrain or in water up to 1.2metres deep.

The unit has the capability of being able to float.

It has been fitted with a long reach boom and stick to give a combined length of 12 metres.

The amphibious excavator has been set up with 2 drive motors per pontoon to give it maximum drive power. Each retractable pontoon has a dual sprocket arrangement driving chain and grouser bars on an even load sharing basis so it eliminates the fear of becoming immobilised through losing traction thereby making it possible to work where other machinery simple cannot go.

In addition to working on salt lakes the machine could be used for:

  • Cleaning out slime ponds
  • Dredging and general marina maintenance
  • Establishment of diversion channels and Water Storage Facilities in very wet boggy areas.

If this could help solve your problems, please feel welcome to contact us for further information: Tel (08) 9452 5888 or:

Rapid Dams shows its capabilities in the WA goldfields

Big Projects for Rapid Dams

Rapid Dams shows its capabilities in the WA goldfields

Rapid Dams, launched in 2015 as a specialist in building tailings storage facilities, has been kicking goals with several major projects completed in the W.A. goldfields and mid-west regions

Recently finished projects in the goldfields region include two Raised Wet lift TSFs and a major Dry-lift TSF project.

The company has rapidly become a significant player in the building of tailings storage facilities, dam extensions and the building of Clay and HDPE and PVC lined ponds for the mining industry.

The team is also able to undertake road construction, drainage and rehabilitation earthworks.

Rapid Dams is led by a highly competent, well experienced duo in Martin Fowler, and Mark Bowman.

Martin Fowler and Mark Bowman take responsibility for project supervision and the handling of contracts.

One of the strengths of the team is that there is simply no more experience likely to be available in this type of work than what they offer.

They have worked extensively through the goldfields and other mining areas across Australia for many years before joining Rapid. What’s more, they’re equipped with the best plant available for the type of work they’re undertaking.

One of the really strong features of the team is that the work is supervised on-site by the company leaders, Martin and Mark. The buck stops with them in the quality of workmanship delivered.

They’re highly experienced, among the very best in their field, so clients can have absolute confidence in Rapid Dams delivering quality workmanship that is second to none.

If you have a project that could use the attention of Rapid Dams – no matter how large or small, please feel welcome to make contact. Martin Fowler Tel (08) 9452 5888 or: