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Powerfab excavator kits, 2017 style

Digger Blogger | 10:31, Thu July 20 2017

I am sure many readers will remember David John and his Powerfab micro excavators, made in Wales. Well, I am happy to report that his son Nathan John has been in touch with news of an updated modification of his father’s old designs.

“I have recently built a small 360 micro excavator that has a removable powerpack,” he writes, “allowing the light (250 kg) excavator to be easily lifted from the bottom of a basement conversion.  Many people are considering a basement conversion, or basement extension, excavating below ground to gain space from a basement. Powerfab now offer this in the form of its micro 360 excavator.”

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Technology and safety on the Norwich bypass

Digger Blogger | 13:16, Tue July 18 2017

Balfour Beatty is building the 20km Norwich northern bypass under a £104m contract for Norfolk County Council – and it is benefitting from some smart machinery.

P Flannery Plant Hire is the main earthworks subcontractor and it is using a range of Cat machines with advanced Caterpillar Production Management (CPM).

Flannery operations manager Niall Hester says: “We have worked with Balfour Beatty on numerous projects over the years, but the significance of the Norwich bypass is the collaborative approach we have taken with sharing data and information.

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Doosan fleet digs in on Trans Adriatic Pipeline

Digger Blogger | 13:00, Tue July 18 2017

Fifty-two Doosan excavators are a year into the project of burying 360km of the Trans Adriatic Pipeline in Greece.

In March 2016 a joint venture of Italian pipeline contractor Bonatti and Greece’s J&P Avax was awarded the engineering- procurement-construction (EPC) contract for this section of the Trans Adriatic Pipeline  project.  Following a competitive analysis of eight leading excavator manufacturers, Bonatti-J&P Avax bought 52 Doosan crawler excavators, from 30 to 55 tonne class, for the excavation work and for the laying of the 1200mm (48 inch) diameter pipes in the project.

The €4.5bn Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) is the European leg of the Southern Gas Corridor, which aims to connect European markets to new gas sources in the Caspian basin. TAP will cross Greece and Albania from the Greece-Turkey border to the province of Lecce in Italy. TAP facilitates the transport of natural gas from the Caspian Sea in Azerbaijan to western European, including the UK.

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Molson persuades Galldris to go with Hyundai

Digger Blogger | 13:15, Wed July 12 2017

Here is Galldris Construction, working on a massive development project in Silvertown on the north bank of the River Thames in East London.

Plans are under way to create a new riverside community on former industrial land, which overlooks the Thames Barrier and is close to Canary Wharf and London City Airport.

Galldris Construction has a slice of the action and has put to work 10 new Hyundai machines from its ODG Plant Hire subsidiary.

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Belgian debut for 26-tonne Case

Digger Blogger | 09:34, Thu July 06 2017

The first Case CX245D SR minimum-swing radius excavator is at work in Belgium, in the town of Flémalle.

The first unit of the latest addition to Case’s D series line-up was recently delivered to Terrassement Berger by its local dealer Dannemark SA.

The CX245D SR is a 26-tonne machine with a 160 HP engine that meets Stage IV (and Tier 4 Final, for American readers) emissions standards through a combination of selective catalytic reduction (SCR) and diesel oxidation catalyst (DOC) technologies.

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