Contractors World International Vol 5 No 5
In a first step, 13 rolls of one kilometre weighing 20
tonnes each were shipped from Volos to Fos-sur-Mer on
the French Mediterranean coast. From there they were
transported in a spectacular heavy duty truck convoy over
360 km to Montalieu.
In Montalieu the team from ContiTech France and the
service team from HQ in Northeim, Germany, were on site
to assemble the belt.
“We did the job in two stages and spent a
total of two months on location,”
says Jan Poppe, Head of Field Service International.
Together, the team spliced the 13 sections of belt to
each other – in the middle of winter, no less.
The 250 tons conveyor belt is now in operation, pow-
ered by three electric motors delivering 250 kW each.
In normal conditions, the belt can transport up to 700
tons of limestone an hour. At maximum capacity, it can
shift as much as 1,000 tons.
The belt has officially been in operation since
“We’re more than happy with the way this
project has turned out. With Techmi and
ContiTech, we had two extremely competent
partners by our side,”
says M. Eric Galloy, project manager at Vicat.
The 14 km long convery belt isc overed to contain
spillage and allow for safe, easy passges of people,
animals and veichles.
The first Volvo Construction Equipment
rotating pipelayer to get to work in Saudi
Arabia is helping to build a pipeline ex-
tension through the vast Khurais oilfield.
The Khurais Megaproject is a recent addi-
tion to the Kingdom’s vast production facili-
ties, comprising of the Khurais, Abu Jifan and
Development of a new pipeline extension
through the Khurais field is now underway,
supporting Saudi Aramco in maintaining a reliable supply
of gas to meet the demands of domestic customers in the
central and western regions of the Kingdom.
A PL4608 rotating pipelayer from Volvo Construction
Equipment, the first machine of its kind to get to work in the
region, is being used to ensure the project runs smoothly.
The pipeline extension will cover a distance of 150 km, and
is scheduled to take 27 months to complete. The PL4608
will lay 56 inch pipe, starting at the east-west pumping sta-
tion number one and running to pumping station number
The extreme conditions of the Arabian Desert presents
several unavoidable challenges. Summer temperatures av-
erage around 45°C, and highs of 54°C are often recorded.
Regular sandstorms also prove problematic for the equip-
ment working on the project.
The PL4608 has been built to withstand these extremes.
This machine is also suited to the type of pipe used on the
project – its hydraulically variable undercarriage, which ex-
pands by 500 mm (19.6 inch), provides a highly stable op-
erating platform when working with 56 inch pipe.