Puma Energy announces Queensland bitumen trial with Eiffage to introduce GB5® base to Australia

AUSTRALIA – 20 August 2020 Puma Energy’s Bitumen business has today announced its first demonstration in Queensland, Australia with high-performance asphalt GB5®.

A demonstration by Puma Bitumen and Boral Asphalt, saw the introduction of GB5® in Australia, a product developed by Eiffage. Prior to this demonstration, around four million tonnes of GB5® has been used on roads across France, Spain and South Africa. The mix design was developed in France and validated using Australian test methods at the Puma Energy Global Bitumen Technology Centre in Australia. GB5® is offered by Puma Bitumen as an alternative to EME2, a high modulus asphalt.

The demonstration saw the GB5® base layer topped with a surfacing that included Puma Energy’s latest innovative hybrid binder, OLEXOCRUMB®. It was laid by Boral Asphalt near Brisbane. The use of GB5® in the demonstration showed high stability during placement and compaction, compared to EME2. This is an advantage, especially when constructing multiple thick layers of asphalt in a single shift.

OLEXOCRUMB® and GB5® combined offers significant sustainability benefits to Australian roads. As a hybrid binder, OLEXOCRUMB® blends tyre-derived rubber with styrene-butadiene-styrene (SBS) and performs as strongly as conventional PMBs. The product promotes the use of recycled rubber and subsequently reduces the environmental impact of end-of-life tyres. In addition, GB5® is well suited to the creation of thinner long-life pavements, reducing the use of materials.

Dr Erik Denneman, Puma Bitumen Technical Manager, Middle East and Asia Pacific commented “We are delighted in the results from our successful demonstration of GB5® on a major road. We hope to engage road agencies around the country to promote this product in long-lasting and resilient roads, keeping sustainability front of mind”.

Following the success of this trial, Puma Bitumen is now offering this binder from its terminals in Australia. Around four million tonnes of GB5® is already used on roads across France, Spain and South Africa.

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About Puma Energy

Puma Energy is a leading global energy business and supplies, stores and distributes petroleum products in 48 countries across six continents. Founded in 1997, Puma Energy has its headquarters in Singapore and Geneva and regional hubs in South Africa, Puerto Rico, Australia and Estonia, and employs over 8,000 people globally.  

Puma Energy has a network of 100 storage terminals, more than 3,000 retail sites, and a presence at over 80 airports. Our mission is to energise communities to help drive growth and prosperity by sustainably serving our customers’ needs in high potential countries around the world. 

Puma Energy’s downstream activities include the distribution, retail sales and wholesale of the full range of refined products, with additional product offerings in the lubricants, bitumen, LPG and bunkering sectors. 

Puma Energy also provides a robust platform for independent entrepreneurs to develop their businesses, by providing a viable alternative to traditional market supply sources.  Puma Energy operates the largest fleet of asphalt specialised vessels and further owns and operates 28 asphalt terminals of 538kt capacity to service its worldwide customer base. 

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