Along with other machinery on site, MCJV used 71 Volvo Construction Equipment (Volvo CE) machines to complete the project, including 21 A40E articulated haulers, 27 EC460CL excavators, eight G990 B-Series graders, six L180F/L150F wheel loaders, two Volvo 7820B pavers, two PT240R rollers, five different models of Volvo soil compactors including the SD100 B-Series and SD160 machines, (15 altogether), two BL61 B-Series backhoe loaders and two A35E articulated haulers modified to hold 40,000 liters of water.
“At peak times we employed more than 2,300 people,” adds Chakib Nayfe, project director until the third quarter of 2011. “We worked seven days a week, a minimum of 10 hours a day, and our maintenance and repairs department also worked every day, as well as occasional night shifts. More than 85% of the task force was made up of local employees, and 34 different nationalities and cultures worked together on the job site.”
About 80% of the machines that arrived on site were brand new and each machine clocked up 6,000 to 7,000 hours on average. Having been scrupulously well maintained all of the machines were still in good operational condition after the completion of the airfield and were ready to be transferred to other job sites. Many of the articulated haulers have since been bought by ExxonMobil for other areas of the PNG LNG project.
Picture 1: The Antonov AH-124-100 aircraft lands on the smooth runway
Picture 2: The fleet of Volvos come together
Picture 3: The Volvo team ensures a quality job is done
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