Tulloch Developments Ltd of Lerwick, Shetland has just taken delivery of a new twenty five tonne Volvo EC250D which has commenced duties as the prime mover at the company’s Staney Hill Quarry on the outskirts of Shetland’s capital.
The new EC250D was selected thanks to operator preference and comfort, smooth performance and the expectation of significant fuel savings based on the experiences of the three existing fourteen tonne EC140D’s purchased back in March 2103 for contracts supplying plant, equipment and material to the oil and gas industries at Sullom Voe according to Project Manager Shaun Tulloch. Acting as the prime mover in Staney Hill Quarry, the EC250D is proving to be well on top of the job of loading the resident mobile crusher. “So far we’ve been very pleased with its performance and already we are starting to see some significant fuel savings over the machine it replaces,” says Mr Tulloch.
At the heart of the machine a 6 litre Stage IIIB engine developing 202 nett hp which operates in conjunction with an advanced mode control system ensuring the maximum possible hydraulic horsepower available is delivered at a constant engine speed under varying load conditions. Maximum reach with the intermediate dipper arm is a generous 10.7 metres whilst maximum digging depth is 7.34 metres and lifting capacity across carriage at full reach is and impressive 3.16 tonnes.
But quarrying is just one facet of Tulloch Development’s business interests on Shetland. Established back in the late 1960’s by Shaun Tulloch’s grandfather, who started out as a carpenter and builder, the family business developed with his father and uncle joining in the late 1970’s. The now fully-fledged civil engineering company undertakes a whole variety of works and projects such as industrial construction, pipelines and harbour reconstruction and development. In particular it concentrates on harbour and port development in Lerwick and other ports on Shetland as well as long term contracts in the oil and gas plant at Sullom Voe and plant hire. And to support that and other general activity Tulloch Developments invested in three fourteen tonne EC140D’s in the spring of last year. The overall performance and acceptance of the EC140’s by Tulloch’s machine operators acted as the catalyst for the latest acquisition. “We’ve found the fourteen tonner to be a good all-rounder for general contracting work,” states Shaun Tulloch.
Tulloch Developments also provides equipment to Shetland Council and specifically purchased an ECR48C reduced swing compact excavator in 2013 with the larger Volvo ECR88D on order for delivery this coming March.
The recent Volvo additions join a mixed fleet of equipment in Tulloch Development’s portfolio with excavators up to 36 tonnes, a variety of loading shovels and other equipment such as tele-handlers, rollers etc. The family run company also operates a fleet of eight tipper lorries, two articulated lorries, lorry mounted concrete pumps and asphalt pavers and employs around 65 permanent staff.
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February 17, 2014
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