Contractors World International Vol 6 No 5
Bobcat in Suez
Doosan and Bobcat equipment
supplied by Otrac Heavy Equipment,
the Heliopolis-based Authorised
Dealer for both companies in Egypt,
played a role in the intensive con-
struction works that have been un-
dertaken for the major extension of
the Suez Canal.
The Egyptian army began work less than a year ago on
the new $8.5 bill-on extension of the canal.
The work has deepened the main waterway and
provides ships with an additional 35 km (22 mile)
channel parallel to the main Suez Canal, as part of a
larger undertaking to expand trade along the fastest ship-
ping route between Europe and Asia.
BAM Ritchies drill & blast
boosted by new drill rigs
Three new DI550 drill rigs from Sandvik Construction have
given BAM Ritchies’ UK drill and blast operation a major
The drill rigs will operate on a number of quarrying drill
and blast contracts throughout the north of England and
The DI550 is the first of Sandvik’s new generation down-
the-hole drill rigs, designed for large and medium-sized
quarries and contractors, matching perfectly with 4” and
5” hammers, making the rig uniquely productive whilst
keeping fuel consumption and operating
costs to a minimum.
BAM Ritchies, part of BAM Nuttall Ltd., a Royal BAM
Group company, is a leading geotechnical contractor,
providing fully integrated ground engineering services
throughout the UK and other parts of the world.
Newly won drill and blast projects located at quarries
throughout the north of England, reaching as far as Ayr in
Scotland, required a modern, effective drilling solution. To
this end, when seeking out a new drill rig, BAM Ritchies
turned to Sandvik Construction and its new DI550.
The three DI550 drill rigs have been acquired so as to
help maintain it leading position and are set to work in
quarries the north of England and Scotland.
The new rigs are equipped with powerful down-the-
hole hammers, being designed specifically for high-capac-
ity rock drilling in quarries, opencast mines and construc-
They are completely self-contained units, with on-
board compressors, efficient dust suppression, and a
comfortable cab with ergonomic controls and excellent
With their 328 kW diesel engine and a 24.4 m³ com-
pressor airflow at 24-bar pressure, they are a perfect
match for the 4” and 5” DTH hammers.