Increasing numbers of customers are asking us how to convert their creosote treatment plants for the use of CCA. This is neither difficult nor expensive and, says Bertus, is a wise choice to ensure the continuity of your business.
His advice follows the trend of an increasingly erratic supply of creosote, which is most recently due to the effect of the power cuts on the steel mills, whose by-products are used to manufacture creosote.
“Our customers are realising that CCA is as good, if not better than creosote,” says Bertus. “CCA can be delivered more quickly and is also easier to handle: creosote poles need to be turned in the poleyard, because the preservative leaches, while CCA fixes into the wood. It is not expensive to convert your plant.
“We estimate that you’ll make up the cost in four to five months. The equipment for a CCA plant is cheaper. While boilers are needed for creosote treatment, the use of CCA requires no heating – which also means that CCA plants can easily be powered by a generator. To convert your plant, all that is necessary is to replace the piping, valves and pumps and possibly the tank, depending on its condition.”
Don’t forget, however, that converting your plant might require an EIA assessment, if you increase the total volume of hazardous substances you use.
To find out more, log on to and click on the tab ‘Product Support Centre’, then the section ‘Convert your Treatment Plant’. For further details, as well as advice on how to get around load-shedding, give Dolphin Bay a call.