Sturdy seaside machinery
To ensure that the harsh conditions don’t affect progress, Eko Atlantic is using a fleet of 50 machines from Volvos Construction Equipment (Volvo CE), making it by far the biggest supplier of machines at the project. There are different models of Volvo excavator digging trenches for drainage and sewage, haulers moving rocks and sand and motor graders maintaining the haul roads.
“The work can be tough,” says Monday Johnson, operator of a Volvo EC460BLC excavator. “But the Volvo machines can cope. Inside the cab it’s cool and though the ground can be uneven, the machine is very well-balanced. I’ve never had a problem as this machine has worked day in and day out for the past two years and hasn’t failed.”
Johnson has worked for Eko Atlantic for two years and clocked more than 5,000 hours, helping to construct the granite protective barrier that locals have named ‘The Great Wall of Lagos’.
“The EC460BLC excavator works in a challenging area,” says George Tawk, the group plant manager at Eko Atlantic. “You have to deal with rocks, sand, salty water and salt filled air. All these things can damage the machine but with good support and a thorough maintenance schedule, the machine has managed the conditions well. The EC460BLC is a fantastic machine – it’s smooth and agile and works quickly and efficiently. In Africa you need a customized, tropicalized engine that can handle the heat and the weather – and lucky for us Volvo offers these engines.”
The machines have been supplied by Volvo’s dealer in Nigeria, ATC-Nigeria, who is providing onsite support. “Believe me, you can use the best machine in the world in Africa, but if you don’t have support then it doesn’t matter,” adds Tawk. “You need a dealer and a company that stands by you when you need them and gets you the parts and the machines that you need – even in the most remote places. Volvo and ATC-Nigeria give us that.”
The reclamation project is providing work and housing for the locals and will benefit generations to come.
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