Newpark Expands DURA-BASE® Matting Product Line with New EPZ Grounding System™ at 2015 ICUEE

LAFAYETTE, LA (September 16, 2015) – Companies and contractors in electric utility, power transmission and construction, are on the search for new solutions that comply with industry regulations and enable efficient workflow. In response to an industry need, Newpark Mats and Integrated Services (NMIS), a unit of Newpark Resources (NYSE: NR) and the leading provider of ground protection solutions, is introducing the fully integrated DURA-BASE® EPZ Grounding System for utility and power transmission operators in North America. The system will be featured at the International Construction & Utility Equipment Exposition (ICUEE) in Louisville, KY from September 29th – October 1st.

The DURA-BASE® EPZ Grounding System expands upon the benefits of DURA-BASE® advanced composite mats and features a better solution for equipotential zones in utility and power transmission applications - solving a long-standing challenge for industry contractors. Newpark’s EPZ mats - which have passed third party ASTM testing – include bus bars to secure grounding and offer optional integrated safety zone rails designed to keep workers and equipment safely within the work zone. The features of the EPZ mats are fully compatible with the patented DURA-BASE®Advanced-Composite Mat System, providing a complete, cost effective solution for access roads and work platforms for all power-transmission construction and maintenance projects.

The DURA-BASE® Advanced-Composite Mat System is a precision-engineered system which provides timely jobsite access while protecting the ground beneath.  When properly planned, up to 30 percent fewer mats can be deployed, saving both time and money.  Additionally, trucking costs are reduced by two-thirds due to the lightweight composite material of the mats – enabling trucks to carry 46 DURA-BASE® mats per load. DURA-BASE Advanced-Composite mats are non-porous and easily cleaned on site to reduce cross contamination and post job cleanup. 

The advanced-composite mats save on overall operation costs and project time, especially during installation and removal. Compared to alternative matting solutions the DURA-BASE® System is easier to deploy and move, more durable, and longer lasting. The DURA-BASE® mats incorporated into the new DURA-BASE® EPZ Grounding System go beyond industry needs and standards by enabling compliance, minimizing cost, and providing safer utility work platforms.

“We recognize where power utility is headed. Tighter safety standards and increased environmental scrutiny have led us to expand our offering and provide a cost-effective, fully integrated system for utilities,” said Jeff Juergens, President of Newpark Mats and Integrated Services. “Our advanced composite mats give our customers better access and improved on-site safety, for sensitive terrains or private property, even in difficult or challenging weather.”

Learn more about the DURA-BASE® EPZ Grounding System at booth # 1328 at the 2015 International Construction & Utility Equipment Exposition (ICUEE). For more information, visit our website or call 877-MAT-ROAD (877-628-7623).




About Newpark Mats and Integrated Services

Newpark Mats and Integrated Services is the leading provider of ground protection solutions. DURA-BASE® Advanced-Composite Mat Systems are utilized widely throughout the oil & gas, utilities, pipeline, construction, heavy haul, military and entertainment industries. Newpark is the largest, most experienced manufacturer of matting systems globally and are innovators in ground protection technology. The Lafayette-based company is a unit of Newpark Resources, Inc. For more information, click here.

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