Kalmar, part of Cargotec, has recently delivered a total of 18 forklift trucks to the Algerian company Entreprise Nationale des Travaux aux Puits (ENTP). Created in 1981, ENTP is a subsidiary of Sonatrach and the leading drilling contractor in the country with a market share of close to 45 percent.
The Kalmar G-Generation forklifts have a lifting capacity of 14 tons and are ideal for handling heavy, bulky loads such as a section of pipe or pieces of drilling equipment. They are equipped with a variable hydraulic fan that according to the manufacturer keeps the engine and hydraulics cool even in the most extreme operating conditions. Kalmar has also adapted the machines according to the customer’s unique requirements, which included fitting the machines with a spark arrestor system to prevent any sparks from the machine’s engine from accidentally igniting flammable materials in the immediate vicinity.
The forklifts were delivered during the third quarter of 2018 and are deployed at the company’s site in Hasse Messaoud, Ouargla in eastern Algeria.
“We are delighted that ENTP has chosen our next-generation forklifts to support their drilling in Hasse Messaoud. They are the ideal choice for ensuring optimal performance in precisely the kinds of tough desert conditions that ENTP operates in, where extreme temperatures, sand, and dust are a constant challenge. This deal also marks a further step forward in our strategy to focus on new industrial segments, building on the excellent market share we already enjoy in the cargo-handling sector in Algeria,” said Alejandro Martinez, Mobile Equipment Solutions Sales Manager at Kalmar.