The Bombela consortium, which is responsible for the construction of the R25-billion Gautrain rapid-rail project, is looking for buyers for about two-million tons of excavated material.

With approximately 80 km of railway line to be used for the Gautrain, and much of that distance involving surface and underground excavation and land blowing, the project will produce large quantities of excavated materials as the earthworks and tunnelling progress.

Bombela said in an advert, published in a national newspaper over the weekend, that it hopes to attract “various construction entities”, interested in acquiring the rock, stone, soil and fill material for use in a range of projects including road and building construction, dam building and rehabilitation projects.

The construction of the initial transport links from OR Tambo International airport to Sandton and from Sandton to Midrand will take roughly 45 months, over which time the consortium expects to produce around two-million tons of excavated material.