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needed to choose a company and equipment we

could rely on. In addition, our relationship with

DEM Ghana is excellent.”

The Hitachi models, designed to offer exceptional

durability in tough working conditions, are used for a wide

range of applications on the site.

These include earthmoving, moving large rocks in

order to construct the revetment, keeping areas of the

beach clear to allow vehicles to pass, and creating small

stockpiles of rocks for later use.

Minimal downtime

Project Manager Niels

Elsnab says:

“On a project such as

this, the weather often

dictates our processes.

Sometimes we are

unable to work due

to the tide, so when

we do, it is important

we don’t have any

problems with our

equipment. The

Hitachi machines

work very well, and

we have minimal downtime. They’re also

durable, which is vital to this type of work. I can

only strongly recommend Hitachi construction


Preparations for the project began in 2013 and the

revetment is due to be completed in January 2016. This

job is the first of its kind to be given to a local contractor.

Established in 2009 and based in Accra, Xara Developers

is an important player in the Ghanaian quarrying indus-

try, and also specialises in construction, and marine and

coastal engineering works.

Hitachi excavators

United Kingdom

Night Time Service for London Eye

The London Eye is the tallest Ferris wheel in

Europe and has been one of the most popular

tourist attractions of the English capital for the

past 15 years.

At a height of 135 meters, it offers the visi-

tors in the glass capsules a wonderful view of

the entire city of London. The running operation

and size, however, are also a challenge for the


A challenge that the company Orion Access

Services is handling with the help of two Palfin-

ger large aerial platforms.

To avoid interruption of the daily rides of

the London Eye, the work took place during the

course of three nights. A Palfinger WT 610 and

P 550 were used.

The P 550 was used where the three-person

service crew had to be lifted up to 50 meters to

inspect and grease the rear cables that lead to

the main hub of the London Eye. The flexible

arm and the X-jib made it possible to circum-

vent obstacles so that the workers could reach

every angle of the London attraction without


The WT 610 was used in a straight line to

the top.


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