BG Group is a British Multinational oil and gas company operating in 25 countriesacross Africa, Asia, Australasia, Europe, North America and South America.
Soil Solutions was contacted by BG Bolivia to provide a solution for the condition of the Vertiente runway. The existing problems included loose gravel, the continuous loss of fine material, low visibility due to severe dust due to high winds which are frequent due to the high altitude, and a slippery surface when wet. Such prevalent conditions did not allow for the use of the runway during and after rainfalls, and during high winds that significantly limited the BG plant operations.
Soil Solutions was able to provide a comprehensive solution that would allow for a hard all weather surface runway that would address each of the current challenges.
Soil Solutions worked hand in hand with the Project Manager to ensure the proper application procedure.
The Team at BG followed the preparation instructions provided by Soil Solutions and had the runway graded and compacted with all loose material removed. With this completed the Soil Solutions team was then on site to oversee the Engineered Base Stabilizer (EBS) application to the runway surface, hangar area and access roads.
The entire application was able to be completed in only 5 days this was due to the correct preparation, a dedicated team and the use of two water tankers.
significantly enhanced safety standards. With this upgrade La Vertiente airstrip has highly visible FOD and increased skid resistance even in the wet conditions.
With the application of the EBS, BG Bolivia has not only significantly increased the safety of the airstrip but has also reduced its annual airstrip maintenance and operational costs, as well as environmental impact.