Hitachi Construction Machinery Middle East Corporation has announced that it is to send two EX-1900-6 BH excavators to Qatar in October 2014.
The gigantic duo has been ordered by main contractor working on Doha’s New Port Project (NPP), north of Mesaieed.
The large excavators, which have operating weights of 191 tons, have been purchased by Hyundai Engineering & Construction Company Limited’s Qatar division.
The machines rank amongst the industry’s biggest excavators, with bucket capacities of 12m3. The sizeable scoops have been enlisted in an attempt to enhance bund construction and reclamation productivity.
It is also hoped that the reduction in necessary operating hours, facilitated by the excavators’ size, will lower emission levels at the port project.
Hyundai Engineering purchased the EX-1900-6 BH excavators from Hitachi’s Qatari dealer, Arabian Supply Center (ASC). The Doha-headquartered channel partner will also coordinate delivery of the machines.
Doha’s NPP will span 20km2 following completion. Construction is being executed in three phases, with Hyundai Engineering handling excavation activities on the third: Canal Excavation Quay Walls and Channel Dredging.
Once operational, the Qatari port will boast an annual handling capacity of more than 12mn twenty-foot equivalent units (TEU).
The Hitachi EX-1900-6 BH excavators will be delivered with three buckets: two 5.8m3 ripper scoops for the excavation of hard materials, and a 12m3 standard bucket to handle loose materials.
The duo’s primary responsibility will be to excavate hard limestone and softer soil at the port-build site.
The latest sale forms part of Hitachi’s strategy for the Middle East in the lead-up to major events such as Expo 2020 in Dubai, UAE, and the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar.
“Our Dubai office is aiming for a healthy market share with the expectation [that] the numbers will grow in years to come,” explained Piet Hein van Bakergem, general manager of Hitachi Construction Machinery’s Middle East division.