A Terex RT 90 rough terrain crane on ITER project

Since two years and a half, the French subsidiary of the Vernazza Autogru company is using a Terex RT 90 rough terrain crane in the construction jobsite of the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor in Cadarache. This machine has a 86t lifting capacity and its boom has a maximum reach of 47m. Its quick installation in 20 minutes and its great reliability have been very important points to chose this crane. “(…) The RT 90 with its width of only 3m is the most compact crane of this type on the market. This, too, made it our first choice for this construction site. It also has the intuitive IC-1 control system, which ensures precise crane movements, and has an innovative diagnostic function,” explained Paolo Delfino, General Director of Vernazza Autogru France. On this job site, the RT 90 has been requested to lift until 60t with a reach between 12 and 35m. 

Palazzani takes part in the construction of one of the world’s biggest commercial mall

In the northwest suburbs of Tehran, Iran, the first Palazzani Spider lift took a part in the construction of the Iran Mall. The machine Ragno TSJ 35, that was recently supplied in crawler version and ECO (Diesel+AC) power option, already operates inside a specific location of the shopping mall, called Car Show. The machine, all-electric, operates indoor with zero emission for the finishing of the special glass roof covering this site and will be used for the cleaning and maintenance operations afterwards. With ten thousand workers and two billion dollars spent only to build the load-bearing walls, the Iran Mall, hosting as many as 1000 shops, 2 hotels, cinemas, a fairground, offices, a cultural center and sport complexes including an ice-skating rink, will be one of the world’s biggest commercial mall, two and a half times the one in Dubai.

Mammoet won a contract for Kuwait’s $4,3bn airport construction project

The Turkish construction company Limak Insaat has just contracted Mammoet to carry out the transport and installation of 804 concrete elements for a new $4,3bn terminal construction project at Kuwait International Airport on behalf of the Kuwait Ministry of Public Works.

This state-of-the-art terminal should expand the airport and establish a new regional air hub in the Gulf, increasing passenger capacity to 25 million per year. Mammoet’s task will be to install all the concrete elements of the terminal’s main structure, weighing between 200 and 360t. To complete the operations, Mammoet will use nine crawler cranes with capacities from 600 to 1600t and 72 axle lines of SPMT.

€55 million contract for Vinci Construction Terrassement in Germany

Vinci Construction Earthmoving has been awarded by the German railway company Deutsche Bahn the contract to build the lot 1.4 of the future high-speed line linking the cities of Stuttgart and Ulm in Germany.

Vinci Construction Earthmoving has been awarded by the German railway company Deutsche Bahn the contract to build the lot 1.4 of the future high-speed line linking the cities of Stuttgart and Ulm in Germany.

The works will cover 5.4 km of earthworks and sanitation, 7.5 km of side roads and 8500 m2 of anti-noise screens.

With a budget of € 55 million, the project should last 2 years and mobilize nearly 100 people.

Contract signed for the new Yamoussoukro stadium

A consortium consisting of the subsidiary of Vinci Sogea-Satom (agent), Egis, Baudin Chateauneuf and Alcor is entrusted with the contract for the design and construction of the Yamoussoukro staidum, capital of Ivory Coast.

This agreement was signed on March 1, 2018 with the Minister of Sports and Recreation Mr. Francois-Albert Amicha in the presence of Mr. Gilles Huberson, Ambassador of France in Ivory Coast.

The stadium, designed by SCAU Architects, will accommodate 20,000 spectators at the African Cup of Nations (CAN) matches, which will take place in 2021.

The work will start during the month of April and should least 2 years.

JCB launches new range of crawler excavators.

JCB has unveiled its new range of JCB 220X series crawler excavators. The first models of its new generation of tracked machines dedicated for the global construction market.

This range, tough appearance with a cab 15% larger than oldest, provides better sound isolation with built-in ROPS.

The interface is also more intuitive with a 7 ” tilt screen with features and menus accessible by means of an automotive-type rotary controller.

The boom has also been refocused to provide maximum durability and reliability in operation.

JCB’s Chief Innovation and Growth Officer Tim Burnhope said: “With the next generation 220X, JCB has moved to a totally new level of product development and machine assembly, that will benefit all of our excavator customers in the field…“

ESTA and FEM look into safety in on-shore wind farm construction

On March 6, 2018, the third Summit organized by ESTA (European association for abnormal transport and mobile crane industry) and FEM (European materials handling federation) will take place in the Bucerius Law School of Hamburg. Gathering most of the major actors of the Industry, it will deal with safety and standards in on-shore wind farm construction. The themes covered will be risk management, crane design, on-site delivery and transportation standards, accident analyses, productivity and supply chain relationships. According to the last subject quoted, organizers « aim to improve communication (…) from developers and turbine manufacturers to transport manufacturers and rental companies ». The Summit will last a single day and will be supported by VDMA Power Systems, a German association gathering wind turbines manufacturers. To book your place, go to the website www.estaeurope.eu/summit or contact the events team.

The Chinese group Sinohydro will build the Gribo-Popoli dam in Ivory Coast

As part of its strategy to increase the power of hydropower for its energy solutions, the Ivorian state has just designated the Chinese group Sinohydro for the construction of a hydroelectric dam of 112MW in Gribo-Popoli. The project is expected to last 40 months and cost nearly 307 million dollars. This will be the second dam construction entrusted to the Sinohydro group by the Ivorian state after Soubré.

Abidjan metro: Here we go !

On November 30, the President of the Republic of Ivory Coast Alassane Ouattara and the French President Emmanuel Macron have launched Abidjan Metro at the Treichville station. This construction is expected to create more than 2,000 jobs and in the long term, the transport of nearly 300,000 people per day which should help to solve problems of traffic jams that strongly penalize the Ivorian economy. The estimated financing of around 920 billion CFA francs (1.4 billion euros) was fully financed by a French loan released in mid-July. This “surface” metro should be put into service in 2021 on a North-South axis passing through neighborhoods Abobo, Adjané, Treichville and Fort Bouët as well as the administrative and economic Plateau.The works will be executed by a consortium of Bouygues (civil engineering), Keolis (Exploitation) and Alstom (5 rolling stock).

 

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United Kingdom : Eiffage and Kier carried on with the railway high speed project

The High Speed Two project involves the construction of a high-speed railway grid between London and the Midlands. On Monday, January 22, Eiffage and Kier groups announced they pursued the contracts from the Carillion company, wound-up since last January 15. Both companies specialized in Construction and Industry will be in charge of two out of the seven civil engineering works of the project. The C2 relates to the construction of a line from the north portal of the Chiltern tunnels until Brackley, in the south-east of England. The C3 includes the construction of another line from Brackley to the south portal of the Long Itchington Wood Green tunnel. Eiffage and Kier will work it together in a joint-venture to complete the earthmoving works and engineering structures in a 80 km railway zone. The project should last between four and five years, and cost about 1,6 billion euros.