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BUYING DRILLS The chief considerations when choosing a piling rig


A list of the best highway projects in the region

SHOW THE WAY Our guide to the main event in KSA’s gateway city


Read our exclusive guide to the projects in the city and sea port

You can’t plan for the weather, but there are some time delays that can be avoided. Shell explains how the latest lubricant technology helps construction managers meet tight deadlines within budget Finishing a project within time and budget is a business imperative for construction managers if they want to stay competitive. Managers cannot afford for equipment to be out of action, both in terms of the time lost and the expense of repairs. At the same time, it’s not always possible to control where projects take place and the heavy-toil that certain conditions take on equipment; whether it ’s hot, cold, dusty, muddy or steep; remote and off-road or urban centres. Trying to push equipment, some older than others, to operate for long hours in those differing conditions can lead to breakdowns at critical times in the project. Add to those challenges other pressures facing construction managers, like tight budgets, complying with environmental standards and new equipment specifications and it can feel like it’ s not just the vehicles that are bearing a heavy load. However, there are ways to maximise vehicle uptime and minimise costs, and some of the innovations in lubricant technology now available are designed with precisely these challenges in mind. Making sure the right equipment is ready when you need it Equipment availability is essential. The last thing construction managers need when they’re approaching a deadline is for an engine to breakdown and put equipment out of action when it’s needed most. Even time spent in the workshop for regular maintenance is time which could be spent working on a project and gaining advantage over the clock.

Whether engines are old or new, managers want them to be working for as much of the time as possible. That means reducing wear and tear and the build-up of acids and deposits in the engine, which can otherwise shorten engine life over the long-haul or, at least, mean regular repairs. Lubricants are often designed with the same precision and expertise that manufacturers apply to designing new engines. For instance, the latest lubricant range from Shell includes technology that adapts to whatever conditions threaten the life of the engine. So, as acids released from the burning of diesel escape into the engine where they can corrode critical parts, Shell Rimula oils immediately release powerful neutralising agents. Similarly, as deposits building up in the engine can shorten engine life and increase fuel consumption, Shell Rimulaoils contain active molecules that block or carry away particles that can cause deposits. They also contain technology that adapts to provide a protective film between metal surfaces to avoid ‘hot spots’ or wear in the engine. Therefore, choosing the right lubricant can help keep engines working as if new in the toughest conditions, helping to extend maintenance intervals and avoid equipment breakdown. For more information please contact:,



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24 02 COMMENT 04 NEWS Some of the latest news updates from across the equipment industry.

10 EQUIPMENT VIEW We take another look around the novel instant batching concrete truck.

12 NEWS FEATURE An expert gives his thoughts on the regions poor record on recycling building waste.

16 SIX ROADS A special feature on crucial road projects in the region.

20 BUYER’S GUIDES Piling rigs examined.

24 IN PICTURES Machine movement around the world this month.

28 PRODUCTS New kit in the run up to the show season.

29 PMV SHOW A round-up of the a few of the exhibitors at our event.

37 KSA FOCUS Jeddah comes under scrutiny this issue, as we consider just how big the rebuild project is.

40 BACKTRACK Time for something completely different. Bigfoot, the monster truck has its origins revealed.

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GET READY FOR THE LAUNCH So, another month has passed since we last spoke and what’s new in the machine industry? Well, there is our event in Saudi Arabia for a start, followed closely by Bauma. It is at the latter that we are likely to see some exciting new machine launches – and not before time. Throughout 2008 there were a number of fantastic new machines put on the market – the Cat 14M grader being one – but there were many others as well – with just about every major firm hinting about diesel-electric machines about to come on to the market… and then, nothing. It seems all R and D departments were put on hold as the companies tried to stand firm through the financial hurricane. Perhaps it is understandable that the machine companies chose to hang on to their hats through

2009, but a lack of launches gives u8s less to write about – and you less to read about of course. Fortunately, we have plenty of intelligence suggesting that this year’s Bauma will be the best yet for launches, with our Saudi show acting as an interesting and vital precursor to it. One final observation, of all the new machines that are rumoured to be launched this year, a higher than average number appear to be access platforms, telehandlers and other types of cherry-pickers. This is most interesting, as this sector is said to be a ‘bellwether’, in other words, it tends to be powered access that feels the effects of a recession first, but will also come out of it first. Here’s hoping.

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Metro project to continue until August 2011 PROJECTS The last few stations on Dubai Metro’s Red Line will begin opening in phases in April 2010, a senior official from Dubai’s Roads & Transport Authority (RTA) announced in Feburary. All works in the stations on the Green Line will be completed in August 2011, said Mattar Al Tayer, executive director of RTA. In mid-2009 we reported how the JV comprising of several companies from Japan and Turkey were planning to sell some of the plant and equipment used on the project. The gear included a bulldozer which had apparently never used its ripper. It seems though, a good deal of equipment will still be required for the foreseeable future. The network’s main structure was completed in good time. However, there was still much to be completed both in the stations across the Red Line and across the whole of the Green Line. Stories have abounded in the press about the cost of the project spiraling, leading to contractual disputes. “The operation of Red Line stations will be in phases starting from April 25th, 2010; where several key stations will be

There’s still plenty of work to do on Dubai’s Metro. The gantry jack-ups have gone, but access platforms will remain for another year.

operational; namely Emirates Station, Airport Terminal 1 Station, GGICO Station, Al Karama Station, World Trade Center Station, Marina Station, and Ibn Battuta Station. The remaining stations will be operated over the following months of 2010,” Al Tayer said. The Green line is the second line of the Dubai Metro; it will be a 22.5km route comprising 40 trains that will run from Dubai Airport Free Zone to Dubai Healthcare

City (DHCC) through Saeediya and will include two interchange stations with the Red Line, at Union Square and Burjuman. Dubai Metro has served 9,872,545 passengers since it was launched last September, according to recent statistics compiled by Rail Agency of Dubai’s RTA. Ramadan Abdullah, director of Rail Operation Department at RTA Rail Agency, said in a statement

on Friday that the Mall of the Emirates Station was still the most attractive to both commuters and tourists, accounting for 16% of total passenger count.

18 Months until the Dubai Metro Green Line is set to open

New type of concrete set to be produced in UAE BATCHING A new type of concrete is to be produced in Dubai. Unibeton Ready Mix has signed an agreement with U.S-based iCrete to install patented technology in Unibeton’s batching plants throughout the UAE. The mix produced by the new system is said to be ‘selfconsolidating’ – in other words an easy formula to pump which should uniformly finished concrete surfaces without the use of excessive filler or high dosages of chemicals. PMV Middle East \\ March 2010

New concrete to be produced soon.

Tom Schneider, COO, iCrete, said: “Every contractor dreams of an affordable concrete that flows into place under its own weight – without segregation or need of vibration.” “Now that dream is realized with the new family of iCrete selfconsolidating concretes – and they can be made in the entire compressive strength range of 3,000-20,000 PSI.” Some types of self-consolidating concretes have been on the market

for years, but today SCC is only used on an estimated one percent of total concrete production in the U.S. and perhaps 10 percent of production in Europe. In the Middle East too, the use of SCC is yet to take off in a significant way. However, Unibeton have found significant benefits in the new system, not least from the amount of energy it saves. This type of concrete process is said to be a third more efficient than other traditional methods.



Robot car park beams down to Karwa City TECHNOLOGY Qatar’s Karwa City will be the site of the country’s first automated car park, according to a report in Englishlanguage daily newspaper, The Peninsula. Parkmatic, a US-based parking company, developed the project for Mowasalat in conjunction with the Doha-based Venture Gulf Group, which will look after the management and maintenance of the facility. Parkmatic was awarded the contract in May last year. It developed a 50 car storage system that fits in a space equal to 10 standard parking spaces. Parkmatic also won the contract to provide a parking system to Zabeel One, a Dubai

development. If the project goes ahead it will be the world’s largest robot carpark. The Peninsula report also claimed this was the first system of its kind in the Middle East, however there are others. A large system was inaugurated late last year in Dubai’s Ibn Battuta Gate development, while smaller electromechanical parking ‘trees’ have been tried in Dubai’s Deira and in Sharjah over the years.

765 Amount of parking spaces in the ‘robot’ at Ibn Battuta Gate Automatic car parks are set to become more common, with a project in Qatar.

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New control for Egyptian batching firm DEALS ASEC Holding, part of Citadel Capital, has bought 9.48% of Egypt-based ASEC Cement for US $ 80 million in cash and shares, increasing its stake in the company to 61.04%. Previously the controlling shares had been held by an Italian company. The seller is the Emirates International Investment Company (EIIC), a long-time limited partner in a number of Citadel Capital’s Opportunity Specific Funds (OSFs) and a shareholder in the firm. “Our aim in building out ASEC Cement is to create one

of the largest and most efficient independent cement producers in the Middle East and Africa,” said Hisham El-Khazindar, managing director and co-founder of finance house Citadel Capital. The firm has recently invested in new batching plant and other process-controlled machinery. “We are well on our way, and EIIC’s decision to reinvest a large portion of the proceeds from its exit of ASEC Cement into ASEC Holding through a capital increase is a testament to our limited partners’ belief in this goal.” Citadel Capital is a private

‘Best Practice’ guides

TBM machine deal for Abu Dhabi

HUMAN RESOURSES A national safety organization has released a detailed guide concerning the construction and fit-out of construction worker’s camps. Build Safe UAE’s document, entitled ‘Best Practice Guidelines for Labour Camp Accommodation Welfare’ deals with everything in the construction of camps, ranging from details about the wiring and plumbing, down to the best place for the boot racks. BSU secretary Elias McGrath commented: ‘It has taken a panel of experts nearly seven months to prepare these guidelines. It involved a lot of industry cooperation, with members from around the Emirates coming together to produce that document. The rules do encompass existing guidelines, and the intention was not to make (the rules) to hard to achieve. Cost is always a consideration, and the document takes that into account.” He added that the rules could also be used as a checklist for a contractor looking at leasing pre-built units. PMV Middle East \\ March 2010

DEALS Abu Dhabi-based Aabar Investments on Sunday confirmed it had entered into a joint venture with a German company to engineer, design and build tunnel boring machines and related equipment. The deal has been completed with Herrenknecht AG which will see Aabar own 51 percent of a UAE based company that will own and operate a manufacturing facility for tunnel-boring machinery and equipment. The new company operations will include the assembly and manufacture of tunneling technology and vertical drilling rigs and will serve customers in the Middle East and North African region, Aabar said in a statement posted on the Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange. The share capital of the joint venture company will be AED25

12.75m Amount in Dirhams that investment firm holds in TBM venture

The controlling shares of a batching company brings back a firm in to its own hands.

equity firm that works through vehicles called ‘Opportunity Specific Funds’ (OSFs). Its 18

OSFs now oversee investments worth around US$ 8.3 billion in 15 industry sectors.

TBMs will soon be driving under land and sea again, thanks to Aabar investment.

million of which Aabar’s share is AED12.750m, the statement also added. It is the latest in a long line of investments made by Aabar, the biggest shareholder in car maker Daimler, over the past year, during

which, bucking the trend, it has seen its profit more than double to AED1.68bn (US $457m). Its total assets at the end of 2009 have rocketed to more than AED37bn, from AED3.3bn at the end of 2008.




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008 REGIONAL NEWS NEWS IN BRIEF Al Futtaim in Speedy deal Speedy Hire has signed a five year rental contract with Al Futtaim Carillion (AFC), the joint venture business between Carillion and Al Futtaim Group in MENA. Speedy has acquired a large amount of light equipment and other assets from AFC and will become the contractor’s exclusive rental supplier for light plant and equipment Terex sales halve Terex reported 2009 sales of US$ 4 billion, down -51.8% on the US$ 8.3 billion recorded 12 months ago. Following a pre-tax profit of US$ 71 million in 2008, the company recorded a pre-tax loss of -US$ 398 million for 2009. The group projects that 2010 will be ‘chellenging’, but still projects a 24% growth. Palfinger points at salesman Palfinger North America has appointed Cory Hanlon as its new sales manager for the company’s Crayler truck-mounted forklifts. Hanlon will be responsible for covering the Midwestern states of the US. Crossrail pumped The UK’s ‘Crossrail’ project hi a milestone when the pumps were activated at a key station site. The pumps will drain nearly 100 million litres - the equivalent to 40 Olympic swimming pools. Hertz Hire Middle East Car rental group, Hertz has developed an equipment rental division. Plans for expansion will include the opening of ten new depots over the coming year. The firm has apparently just signed a JV with Saudi based Dayim Holdings, but there are no more details available at the moment. The firm is eyeing lucrative Petrochemical and industrial contracts.

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New loader ‘response’ MACHINERY Recognizing that the operating skill of workers using small loaders on typical jobsites ranges from the novice to the expert, Caterpillar has developed a new control feature that allows each operator to run C-Series loader safely and comfortably. The firm’s new Hystat Response Control System (HRCS) uses software that permits the loader’s hydrostatic drive/steer system to be adjusted to one of three response rates—standard,

A system launched to help novice drivers.

intermediate or maximum— to determine how rapidly the machine accelerates/decelerates and how quickly it responds to steering commands. Each of the new control system’s successive settings results in more aggressive response, permitting skilled operators to use the machine to its full potential, but also accommodating operators of lesser experience. The net result is that jobsite tasks are handled efficiently and productively—no matter who is in the seat. The HRCS standard setting provides acceleration/ deceleration rates that feel smooth and controlled, as does steering response. In the intermediate setting, the machine will start and stop more quickly, and steeringresponse lag is diminished. When operated in the maximum setting, the loader will accelerate aggressively in forward, will stop abruptly and will respond instantaneously to steering commands.

Diner crash kills four TRUCKS A truck loaded with rebar crashed into a restaurant in Abu Dhabi in February, killing four diners and injuring nine others. The heavy goods vehicle left the road and ploughed straight through the roadside diner, entirely destroying it. The building appeared to have been a light construction with plywood and plasterboard walls. An initial investigation suggests that the driver lost concentration. The driver survived the incident, but police sources say that he was ‘seriously injured.’ The accident took place around 9.30am on the 12th of Feburary near Hamim Bridge outside Tareef.

51% Drop in year-on-year sales at Terex

‘Don’t invest in Yemen’ says report RISKS Lebanon was placed under review for a possible upgrade in this month’s World Risk Review report following the victory of the March 14 coalition in the Lebanese election last month, which the report said has boosted economic stability. But Yemen was downgraded due to its “deteriorating political climate,” which the report said is threatening foreign investment and oil exploration in the country. The World Risk Review, compiled by UK-based risk specialist group Jardine Lloyd Thompson, is a monthly ratings report that analyses the political, trade and investment environments in a country or region.

It is intended to guide companies looking to invest cash in overseas projects in various sectors including construction, real estate, and energy. The news was positive for Lebanon following the March 14 coalition’s victory. “An increase in Saudi [Arabian] and US financial support is expected following the first election in the Arab world where the US preferred candidate has been victorious,” the report said. “As such, Lebanon should be able to continue to service its foreign debt which stands at debt-to-GDP ratio of 160%.” But on Yemen, the report said, “The deteriorating political climate

has further increased investment risk in the country and curbed international oil companies interest in an oil exploration round due to be launched late this year. However, Yemen has launched a handful of real estate projects in recent times. Al Rayyan Hills was announced in late 2009. Phase one of construction will commence immediately and include land-leveling work and the building of 172 luxury villas and a residential tower, in addition to the development’s basic infrastructure. Consolidated Contractors Company (CCC) was selected to carry out design and construction of the project.

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Mobile batching plant truck The humble batching plant has been put together with a truck, to create concrete less than six seconds old when poured. The concept is said to prevent waste and be easier to produce. Sometimes things that already exist can be put together to make something entirely new and different. Think of dustpan and brush or tea and biscuits for example. However, in Dubai it is profit and concrete that matter most, and each of these has a close correlation with each other. Prices of raw materials have stabilised now, but don’t forget that it was only five months ago that the cost of everything was going straight through the roof. Previously, engineers have come up with mobile placing booms as well as truck-mounted concrete pumps. Until now though, there has been very little choice for getting concrete on site. Usually, it is mixed at one of the large plants at the edge of the city and brought onto site via a mixing truck. Alternatively, some projects have their own small batching facilities on site. However, there are drawbacks with both methods. Concrete is sensitive to time and heat. Any more than a couple of hours on the road, then the

quality starts to drop dramatically. This is a problem for most cities in the region, but Dubai in particular has truck tailbacks in many of the industrial areas where the plants are sited. Additionally, the heat through much of the year can cause problems that have to be solved by using chemical icing and other cooling methods So it is interesting to see that at last somebody has thought of making a mobile batching plant. To be fair, these devices have been seen for a few years in North America, but apart from two dozen working in Saudi Arabia, they are a novelty here in the Middle East. Such a machine has a reasonably low output, but will guarantee a 100% fresh mix.

FRESH MIX Unlike anything distributed by a conventional mixer truck, the concrete from the chute of a volumetric mixer is always fresh ‘At the point of delivery, it is only seven seconds old’ said Bill McFarlane, a director of 21st Century Concrete, one of the firms bringing the new trucks in to the region. ‘There is almost no

Cost per tonne is high, but could be use full for sites that are many miles from a plant.

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waste either, as only the amount needed has to be produced’ This is an important point as, apart from being a waste of money, unused concrete has to be disposed of, which causes an environmental nuisance. The flip side also, is that if a customer under ordered, a regular mixer truck would have to return to the batching plant. All materials necessary for producing specification concrete and concrete-types of products are contained on board. Coarse aggregates, fine aggregate, cement, water and admixtures as well as special components can be proportioned and mixed according to weight and volume in any combination or ratio. This process conforms to the ASTM specification C 685-07 for proportioning and mixing. Thoroughly homogenised concrete is discharged from an auger-style chute assembly ready for placement by conventional means. The rate of production is

variable from 15 to 60 m3 per hour. Sand and aggregate are carried in open topped bins with a rigid proportioning belt at the bottom.

BLENDING Blending is achieved by a calibrated and adjustable strike off gates at the rear of the bins. Cement sufficient for full load of materials is contained behind the aggregates in a top loading, weather-tight bin with inspection windows, and metered through sequential auger vane feeders directly into the mixer throat. Water and admixtures are injected into the enclosed mixer throat at its bottom where the dry materials enter. The blended concrete is then discharged from the end of a highshear mixer into a chute at eyelevel. Chute extensions can be added depending on the distance from the machine required for placement. So now no reason not to get fresh mix each time.




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‘Virtual quarries’ from rubble Expert suggests that crushing building waste on site could yield responsible profit margins Dr Olisanwendu Ogwuda discusses how construction infrastructure in the gulf region can be a valuable “virtual quarr y” resource as the infrastructure nears the end of its design life. Roads are the largest national asset of any countr y and the provision of this asset is a significant undertaking. Developed countries need to maintain their road networks for continued economic growth while developing countries are building their road networks to reach standards similar to developed countries. The developed economies pay more attention to the creation of a sustainable network either by new developments or by upgrading their existing network. In the developing economies the emphasis is on new developments, by learning from the experience of developed economies, and making improvements to their networks. Developing countries will also need to give consideration to future maintenance needs. The nature of the market in any countr y in terms of the provision and maintenance of the road network is based on price. Parts of the world have inadequate supplies of virgin aggregate and at the same time valuable construction rubble is going to landfill or used as lowgrade and low-value materials such as granular fills or sub-

1% Amount of building waste reused in UAE

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base material in roads. In other instances they are used as partial replacement materials within new high-energy products. A current barrier to a more effective and efficient use of construction rubble is concern over consistency of quality and predictability of performance. The concerns arise from the treatment of building rubble. Processing is usually under taken at waste transfer sites and

by reducing the need for mining of natural resources. The demand for materials for uses also needs to be put in context. Even if all potential recyclable materials were recycled, the quantities are such that they would only meet a comparatively small proportion of the demand for construction materials. Non-renewable natural resources will therefore continue to have to meet the bulk of the

“Specs for using of recycled materials exist, but the barrier of consistency of performance is significant” - Dr. Ogwuda

the economics of the market are such that low-grade materials only are produced with minimum processing and little need for predictability of performance. Although specifications for using of recycled materials exist, the barrier of consistency of performance is significant. However, the people that order materials need the confidence in high performance recycled materials – herein lies the specifics of the barrier, which requires science and technology to underpin system development and performance prediction that is confirmed by actual performance in ser vice, complemented by protocols to ensure consistency of material production and placement. It should be noted that recycling is not an absolute solution to dwindling natural resources but it can extend the life of non-renewable resources

demand for the foreseeable future. However, the decision-making process should be based on an overall appraisal of potential suitable materials, including recyclable materials. The Gulf Region is well placed to embark on this journey of providing a more sustainable and “green” road infrastructure where consistency and predictability of performance of the materials arising from virtual quarries can be evaluated. This journey should begin now to avoid the pitfalls of experiences in other parts of the world. Now is the

time to take stock of existing and future building and civil engineering infrastructure and evaluate the performance potential of these virtual quarries that exist all around the Gulf region and how these may meet the future demand for road construction materials and at the same time tick the “green” box of sustainability. This is an opportunity to lead with a form of construction that will cascade to what can be described as “4thworld countries” - developed countries of the future. Dr Olisanwendu Ogwuda has been a Senior Teaching Fellow and Civil Engineering Course Co-ordinator at Heriot-Watt University, Dubai Campus

Dr. Ogwuda thinks that more re-use of building waste should be employed in the UAE

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of the The best highway projects on the road now Construction contracts are in rather short supply at the moment, but there are plenty of road building projects underway that will need machines for a long time yet. Additionally, there are plenty of new highways being built, as freight deliveries by heavy lorry remain the only option for the foreseeable future. There is plenty of money around for these jobs. Oil-rich Saudi Arabia for example has just allocated US $3.17 billion in its 2010 budget for construction of 6400 kilometres of roads. Last year, the country allocated SR 11.5 billion (US $3.06 billion) for road construction. In Dubai, where many freehold residential projects remain in limbo, the powerful Road &

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Transport Authority has allocated US $2 billion for project development in 2010. The money will cover around 129 jobs, 13 of which will be new. Given that you are reading this, you’ll know about the vast range of equipment and methods to lay and build a road successfully. You’ll also understand the amount of time, money and experienced operators that it takes to ‘roll out’ such a project. While it may not be glamorous, roadbuilding is big business and there are opportunities galore for contractors and suppliers focused on the sector. Here, we look at six of the GCC’s most valuable road construction projects.




Client: Abu Dhabi Department of Transport Estimated value: US $2.7 billion Description: The Department of Transport is offering a 25 year concession to upgrade, operate and maintain the Mafraq-Ghweifat Highway. The existing road is in a terrible state, and widely acknowledged as on of the region’s most dangerous roads. The project will see the highway widened to four lanes in each direction (three around


Ghweifat) and upgraded to meet international standards in design and safety. The road, which stretches 327 km from Mafraq to the border at Ghweifat, provides the only access route to the Western Region, including the industrial centre of Ruwais and several tourist destinations. Payment to the winning consortium will be made via a series of equal payments spread over the 25 year period. These ongoing payments will

be subject to deductions for failure to meet the prescribed performance standards and will ensure the consortium remains accountable for the operational performance and smooth running of the road over the 25 year period. In early February (2010), the Department of Transport (DoT) in Abu Dhabi received bids from three international consortia competing for the 25 year concession to upgrade, operate and maintain the motorway.


Client: Abu Dhabi Municipality & Town Planning Department Estimated value: US $1.4 billion Description: The project focuses on development of Salam Street & Mina Road, a key route into and out of Abu Dhabi. Once completed, the road’s capacity will be increased to more than 6000 cars per hour in each direction. Work includes construction

of a 3.1 km, eight-lane tunnel, and the construction of 1.2 km of roads leading into and out of the tunnel. This will serve projects on Reem, Suwa, Saadiyat islands and the Mina area to the east of Abu Dhabi Island. A joint venture of Saif Bin Darwish Engineering Co. and Samsung Engineering & Construction was awarded the main construction contract early in 2008.



Client: Supreme Committee for Town Planning in Oman Estimated value: US $712 million Description: The 241 km Batinah Coastal Road project involves construction of a four-lane carriageway (two lanes on each side) running from Naseem Garden to Khatmat Malaha in Wilayat Shinas. Work will take place in two phases. Phase 1 of the project has been split into two packages. Package 1, worth US $325 million, was awarded to Turkey’s Makyol. It involves construction of a 60km road from PMV Middle East \\ March 2010

Any street in Abu Dhabi won’t be this empty for long

Naseem roundabout to Sayyid Said bin Sultan Naval Base at Wudam Al Sahel in the Wilayat of Musannah. Package 2, worth US $387 million, was awarded to India’s Nagarjuna Construction Company. It requires construction of a 65.7km road from Majees roundabout in Sohar to Khatmat Malaha. Construction of the remaining stretch of the road, around 116km, will be covered in phase 2 of the project. People can’t live in the street, soAl Rajhi Company has been contracted to build 2200 homes for people displaced by the new road.





Client: Authority of Public Works Estimated value: US $600 million Scope: The project involves further development of the Al Khor to Al Ruwais Road. The road is 61 kilometres long and will include four lanes in each direction. It will also feature 11 cloverleaf junctions and five tunnels.



Client: Roads and Transport Authority Estimated cost: US $591.5 million (US $157 million for Phase 1, US $232.1 million for Phase 2, US $119.4 million for Phase 3 and US $83 million for Phase 4) Scope: The Al Khail Road Upgrade project involves widening and improving a 15km stretch of Al Khail Road between the junctions at Muscat Road and Emirates Road. The existing road will be widened from four lanes to six throughout and the roundabouts along this stretch will be turned into flyovers to allow the uninterrupted flow of traffic. New slip roads and interchanges will be added to enable access to the new residential developments along this


Dar Al Handasah is the t.. Tekfen project consultant. warded the Construction was a awarded n contract in October main construction 2008. uction work started Schedule: Construction in late 2008 and iss due for completion in 2010.

stretch. Al Khail Road will also be extended by o nine kilometres to ai connect it to Dubai Bypass Road. All four phases ntly of work are currently ompletion at underway, with completion hase 1 and around 80% on Phase February 45% on Phase 4 (February struction, 2010). Gunal Construction, d Ascon Wade Adams and ontractors are amongst the ccontractors ro oject. involved in the project. n all four Schedule: Work on phases is underway and is due for completion in stages in 2010 and 2011.


Client: Roads and Transport Authority Estimated value: US $500 million Scope: Phase 4 of the parallel roads project includes construction of 31 kilometres of eight-lane roads connecting Dubai Industrial City and Jebel Ali Free Zone South between Sheikh Zayed Road and Emirates Road. Al-Naboodah Contracting was awarded the contact to execute the project in mid 2008. Schedule: Work began in mid 2008 and is expected to take two years.

‘Parallel Roads’ project continues through 2010.

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Another extension to our commitment for the international markets Once again Abdel Hadi A. Al-Qahtani & Sons Co. proves their capabilities after concluding a package deal with one of their major clients having a project in Sudan to supply earth-moving equipment for their project. Mr. Khaled El Shatoury, Managing Director of Al Qahtani Heavy Machinery states that through following & understanding the concept of the train of T’s (Talent, Technology, Teaming, Training, Target, Technique, Tracking, & Total Quality Management), we are the future in the equipment business. The deal consisted of 45 Quality Used LIUGONG earth-moving equipment that will be delivered in two batches; the first one is 25 units after one month, while the rest within 3 months. The concept to win this deal came through tailoring a comprehensive solution that should meet the client’s budget & to achieve a good operational profit.

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The deal procedure was not easy at all. Mr. Gamal Mostafa, our Remarketing department manager had to evaluate the cost of the equipment & the cost of the refurbish with great accuracy based upon the following four To’s; - To supply the machines with full adherence to our highest standards. -months warranty on - To provide a six-months the Quality Used Equipment. g for the client’s - To offer training iliarize them with the employees to familiarize ion & maintenance. equipment operation re parts package to - To include a spare cover preventive maintenance & ne year. repair cost for one

Mr. Musaab, the project manager in Sudan said “I have been impressed by the unique standards of Al Qahtani Co.’s quality used equipment & by their ct by professional handling of the project nstrated Al-Qahtani team. They have demonstrated a consultancy & advisory approach for our etails company as they went into deep details uired with us, calculated production required quipment within our time frame, sized the equipment sts to including owning & operational costs fit our working environment to be the best alternative solution for our project’s needs that resulted in achieving a win-to-win package deal. When they gave us the final proposal, I was not in a position to ask for any further requests, I felt that I have got all what I thought of.”

Finally, Mr. El Shatoury highlights that we at Al Qahtani Co. would like to assure to our valued clients having any sort of obstacles or difficulties that we are capable of adjusting their position to achieve a satisfactory profitable situation. Here again, we have demonstrated our capability & illustrated our willingness to serve our clients everywhere, even in the middle of nowhere.

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Pile drilling machines Torque, not ground weight is the key consideration when purchasing this equipment They are big, awkward to shift, and make the earth shake, however most plant managers know very little about pile drilling machines, as their function is managed by specialist contractors. In the GCC, there are several firms working in order to sink the enormous bores needed for high-rise projects. While the rigs share much in common with the common excavator, there is an important distinction in the way they are rated, as Mark Newton, operations manager, Dutch Foundation explained; “All piling rigs are rated according to the amount of torque power of the rotor, not machine weight”. For example, one of the firm’s machines, a top-of-the range Bauer BG36H produces 36Nm of torque. However these distinctions can occasionally be misleading. “That’s how they are rated, but actually the gearbox on the (slightly larger Bauer) BG40 is the same.” The winches on this larger model are stronger, and that is a decisive factor, according to Newton “More often than not on the large diameter drilling it is the winch that limits the capacity of the machine, not the gearbox. “The gearbox runs on two speeds. When you are doing normal pile drilling you would only run at 50 per cent, so you’d only be running at 15 tonne, top. There would never be a case where you would need thirty tonnes of torque to drill in to the ground” he explained, adding that full torque would only be used when the machine is installing temporary casings. “You would never use the full torque, especially on the BG machines when you are only drilling. It would rip the Kelly bars (a set of concentric, telescoping

PILING: FOUNDATION KNOWLEDGE Currently much of the piling carried out in the Emirates is ‘rotary bored cast in situ’; a steel casing is inserted into the ground with a vibro-hammer, followed by an auger drilling tool which is then used to remove the soil within the casing to form a borehole. This is then followed by the installation of a steel rebar cage. Finally, concrete is poured into the hole to form a bored pile, with a vibro hammer used to extract the casing from the ground.

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These machines work a hard life – although it would be a very reckless operator who uses one near full capacity.

“You would never use the full torque when you are only drilling. It would rip the Kelly bars apart.” Mark Newton.” - Mark Newton

022 BUYER’S GUIDE bars that transmit torque and downward force to the attached to the auger screw) apart.” “The Kelly bar, the bar that is attached to the tool is designed to carry 50 percent of the torque for drilling. The maximum capacity of the machine is to turn a temporary casing, not to turn the Kelly bar.” He added “Of course, they don’t sell machines on that basis.”

CHINESE Not every machine that Dutch Foundation runs is a Bauer. Some of the equipment in the firm’s 30-strong fleet hails from China, and is branded Sany. These machines are cheaper to purchace when compared to its nearest rival. This is too much of a saving any plant operator to ignore. However, the budget equipment has some drawbacks, which for the main part relate to the quality of steel, meaning some adaptations are needed before the machines can be put in the sandpit. “Basically [the modifications are] material strengthening exercises. Most of the machines, which lay their masts backwards The heavy machines - being the Bauer BG40 and the BG36C - lay the mast forward and split them.” Newton explained. “On the Chinese machines, because the material quality is not as good, we have strengthened completely that trapezoidal arrangement, because we were finding that just a few ups and downs were fracturing it.” Newton said, adding that Dutch Foundations made a number of small modifications such as installing an additional pulley wheel, which impressed the Chinese factory when they visited site. “When Sany came out to see our site, they took our modifications back to the factory and now the later generation machines have incorporated these mods - so we have been a guinea pig in a way” he explained.

WORTHY Despite having to perform these modifications, Newton is convinced that the far-eastern rigs offer value for money. Indicating the large test pile he said: “This is a 1.5 metre diameter pile, 40 meters deep in rock. I wouldn’t put a Chinese machine on it, but on the majority of jobs, I mean shoring jobs, with piles of maybe 20-22 meters the Sany is more than adequate.” He added “I would say that the later generations are a match for the [various European] machines.” Newton explained that new technology and economies of scale are dictating a shift from drilling many small piles, to fewer, larger bores, which is why his firm, as well as others in the region have been splashing out on the high-end heavyweight machines such as the giant Bauer

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A large piling rig prepares to bore a hole. Technical changes to foundations have seen a switch to heavier equipment

Service counts when running big-ticket equipment Obviously, buying very expensive items such as piling rigs is a task that should not be entrusted to a novice. That said, all of the machines on the market can be used on the majority of ground conditions – so talk to other users about the service and back up they have experianced from the various brands. that is hammering away next to us. “We bought this one for specific reason at the heavy duty end” he said. “Now, the market is tending to go that way and it is a natural progression. The way the market is going it will require more of the heavier duty machines in future.” All of the rigs in the fleet would have been intended for cooler climes, so they have needed the cooling systems to be beefed up for the hot UAE summers. “Generally, we modify the cooling system because these machines are built for a European climate. We increase the size of the radiators and the oil coolers and we put twin fans on them, which is an improvement on the original single fan. That will be for the majority of our machines for the summer working.”

OPERATORS Of course, any machine can only be as good as the person driving it. Newton said; “Opera-

tor inexperience can do a lot of damage. That’s another advantage of the Chinese machines. They are very simple to operate.” He added that you fix machines like this with spanners, but the more expensive machines, with a large amount of electronics could only be repaired with the use of laptops. All machines in the busy foundations industry are rarely allowed any downtime, and this takes a toll on the wear and depreciation cycles. “They would normally depreciate to a residual value of about 20 per cent over six years.” said Newton. “They do work hard here and they require a huge amount of maintenance. “The nature of the sites is that with sand everywhere it is very abrasive. Generally from the undercarriages, the tracks, the motors and the drive gears. All get worn and when you’ve got a 1.5 million investment, you want to look after it” concluded Newton.


MACHINE MONTH Stories you might have missed in the world of heavy machines last month Snow hits Lebanon A cold wave of air hit the Middle East in early February. In a scene that looks more like Lapland than Lebanon, a United Nations Interim Forces in Lebanon (UNIFIL) vehicle tails a JCB Backhoe loader opening the road as snow falls in the southern Lebanese region of Marjayoun, near the southernmost border of the country.

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Seized machines Chinese trade enforcement officers destroy illegal gaming machines seized in recent raids in Beijing, ahead of the Lunar New Year. Chinese authorities are embarking on the annual clean-up of the city, removing any undesirable elements before the festivities.




Haiti continues Work continues clearing the streets of Port-au-Prince as the international effort to get the country back on its feet continues. In this picture, a rented 20-tonne Komatsu performs a dangerous looking operation on a collapsed building.

Coldest Canada Unlike Lebenon, snow was thoroughly expected in Canada ahead of the winter Olympics. A Kenworth tip-bed and a snow plough clear the way to the games. The plough has ‘Bombardier’ written on it, but we thought the firm only made trains. Do you have any ideas what this machine might be?

Rising tall A Liebherr tower rises at a building site also in Canada. Even in one of the chilliest winters on record, there are signs that the economy is beginning to pull back, thanks to a large state stimulus package.

Dresden Demo German riot police remove burning debris, set on fire by left-wing counter demonstrators with an armoured car in February in Dresden, Germany. Right-wing Neo-Nazis and their supporters were allowed to march through Dresden to commemorate the 65th anniversary of the allied firebombing that killed over 25,000 civilians and left much of the city in ruins.

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PMV looks at the latest tools and toys to help you with the job in hand

VOLVO TRUCKS Volvo will be showing off the latest improvements to its line-up of construction trucks at Bauma in April. The Volvo FM is Volvo’s best-selling truck for heavy construction operations, with chassis components fitted high up for thorough protection and featuring a robust cab. With Volvo’s latest fuel-efficient 13litre engine meeting Euro 5 EEV standards and I-Shift transmission, the maker says that the truck combines low fuel costs and small environmental footprint with excellent drivability.

ELECTRIC LOADER A new all-electric wheel loader has been launched by Sandvik for underground mining. The high-voltage model features 14 000 kg (30 865 lb) of tramming capacity, buckets ranging from 4.6 m³ to 7.0 m³, three-phase, squirrel-cage 45 kW pump and 132 kW drive motors with Dana 5000 series gearbox and Posi Stop axels. www.

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DYNAPAC PAVER New to the Dynapac range it the firm’s latest 750tph machines. The SD115C and SD135C feature different engine options. The SD135C is driven by a Deutz TCD2013 LO6 diesel engine rated at 140 kW (190 PS) at 1800 rpm. The SD115 is rated at 120 kW at 1800 rpm. A 1600 rpm ‘Eco’ mode unit is available.

ANOTHER BOBCAT Recently seen for the first time at a show in the US, the Bobcat T110 is a very small loader designed for areas such as pavements and flower nurseries. Driven by a four cylinder, 31.2 kW Kubota V2403 naturally aspirated diesel engine running at 2200 rpm, the T110 offers a rated operating capacity of 505 kg (ISO 14397-1) and a tipping load of 1443 kg. www.

CAT TRACK LOADER You don’t see many track loaders in these pages (as opposed to wheel loaders or bulldozers), So it is nice to bring you the new 973D, featuring load-sensing hydraulics, joystick steering, new operator’s station (with tilting cab) and 10 percent more power than its 973C predecessor. The new loader carries on the 973C’s “allpurpose performer” reputation and retains much of its solid design, including the Cat C9 engine, hydrostatic drive, single-fabrication mainframe, Z-bar loader linkage and oscillating undercarriage. www.

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Introducing the boom truck crane concept combining American and German technology

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Once again, we head back to Saudi Arabia for our annual show, but this time we are heading to the western seaboard. The Kingdom remains a strong market, as coffers of cash bulging from oil revenues are being opened up to pay for infrastructure work. The Saudi PMV Show is by far the most significant equipment show in the region, with most of the leading brands present. Here is a little on some of them:

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MERCEDES-BENZ By far the most common truck brand in the region today, Mercedes-Benz are distributed by JIPCO in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. In association with the world famous Daimler Benz company, JIPCO provides its customers with unparalleled, quality MB products, followed up by reliable service and support. The dealership markets a complete range of Mercedes-Benz commercial vehicles from heavy-duty trucks and Buses to the smaller Vans and Coaches for Commercial, Construction and Municipal applications. The MB Heavy-Duty

trucks have been assembled in the Kingdom for over 20 years to the highest quality, by National Automobile Industry (NAI). The products are sold and serviced throughout the Kingdom by the branches in Jeddah, Riyadh, Dammam and Abha and through various sub-dealerships.

K KANOO GROUP Everybody in the region knows Ev about abo the Kanoo Group. Established lish by one of Bahrain’s oldest families, the firm was established fam way wa back in 1890 as a shipping and trading enterprise. Over the course of time, the company became active in the countries trie that are now Saudi Arabia, Oman Om and the UAE. As construc-

tion machinery became popular, the business expended to supply machines service and parts around the region. Today the group serves all of Arabia with top brands such as Hitachi and Bobcat in the UAE. The firm’s latest venture is ‘Kanrent’, a hire and leasing division for various types of equipment.

ZAHID TRACTOR This group own the KSA franchise for the most recognisable name in the business – Caterpillar. Cat is known as a ‘bellwether’ company, in that it leads the market, with its fate and fortunes acting as a barometer for the rest of the industry. Cat and its regional dealers do not attend every trade show, so we are honored to welcome them to our event again this year. We expect to see a fine spread of machinery at this years event,

including a number of excavators as well as the joystick control Cat 14M motor-grader.


AL JABER HEAVY LIFT Al Jaber Heavy Lift and Transport, a member of the Al Jaber Group, specialises in the full range of lifting and transportation services from hire and trip basis to the execution of managed “factory to foundation” projects comprising marine transportation, overland transportation and erection of cargo at site. Al Jaber Heavy Lift owns and operates an extensive fleet of latest generation cranes, self-propelled modular transporters and conventional trailers, including all necessary ancillary

ment to carry out our customers foreseeable heavy lift and transport requirements. In addition, the Al Jaber Group owns and operates a fleet of ships including barges and ferries from inhouse port facilities and clients can collect with their own ships.

A reasonably new firm from the Zahid group, Taaqa is a generator rental company with a difference. For a start, the firm can supply equipment connected in series, with enough power to supply a small town Secondly, the firm realizes the importance in solar energy. This is not just for environmental reasons, but in some remote parts of

the desert it is costly and complicated to bring in diesel supplies. Taaqa has realised this, and is setting up ways in which customers can benefit from the sky’s free energy. Additionally, the group supplies power to several key desalination plants. More pertinently, the firm are supplying power to the Saudi PMV Show.

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JAMJOOM EQUIPMENT JamJoom Vehicles and Equipment is another firm from a large conglomerate that deals in everything from real estate to medical supplies. The Jeddah-based firm is the agent for Hino trucks, the tough utility machines from the Toyota group which are so popular in the region. The firm also deals with a range of paving and road building equipment from the specialist Japanese maker Sakai.

Overall, JamJoom states its strategy as ‘to outperform competitors by providing unparalleled customer service and satisfaction.”

W WORLD WIDE AUCTIONS A well w known name in equipment auctions, WWA has Middle East auc yards yar both in Dubai and Lebanon. Often featured in these pages Oft the auction company has recently begun holding truck and bus auctions separate from the heavy auc equipment sales. equ WWA has sold at auction over W 57,000 items construction equip57,

ment at its 68 auctions in Dubai from March 2001 through December 2009, for a total amount of over $850m in auction value. WWA says it controls a market share of over 65% of all industrial equipment auction sales concluded in Dubai between 2005 and 2008. More recently, used equipment values have remained strong.

ABDULLA FOUAD AUCTIONEERS The Auction division of the Abdulla Fouad Holding Co.was set up in the 1970s to meet the need for used, but serviceable equipment in the Kingdom. Situated on the Dhahran-Jubail Highway, the house conducts at

least 15 public auctions a year, with construction equipment, cranes, trucks and other industrial equipment being entered, frequently by the big oil companies as well as items entered by the government.

ARABIAN AUTO AGENCY Another large name in the region, AAA is known for assembling the famous International Blue Bird bus at a special facility in Riyadh. As such, the firm claims an 85% market share of the Kingdom’s worker transport market. Besides building these tough,

American-style buses, AAA also sell New Holland construction equipment, as well as Kawasaki wheel loaders and Terex cranes. The firm even supplies agricultural equipment, such as tractors and combine harvesters to the few farms in the region.

SOILMEC S.P.A One of the major European manufacturers of drilling rigs, Soilmec has inaugurated a facility in Jeddah. This means that piling contractors can get service and parts with speed and ease. Soilmec offer the complete range of machines and tools for any foundation-level project, no matter how technical.

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ATLAS MACHINERY This firm offers a wide range of equipment, including tower cranes, for sale and rent. According to the MD, what really sets it apart from the opposition is the service provided. “Service is definitely the key to success in

this market” says Rami Sakka. “Quality and price are for sure key elements, but I emphasise on service because it is an area that in my opinion was never given enough attention [in Saudi Arabia].”

TEREX-DEMAG MIDDLE EAST T A constant c supporter of the PMV Show, Terex-Demag has been Sh designing and manufacturing de mobile cranes for more than 50 mo years and boasts a comprehenyea sive product line of all-terrain, telsiv escopic truck cranes, lattice boom esc truck cranes and lattice boom tru crawler cranes. The CC800-1 latcra tice boom crane caused a stir in tic Dubai when it made its maiden Du lift a couple of years ago. With capacity it was the a 3200-tonne 3 biggest machine of the type. big

A ABDUL LATIF JAMEEL TOYOTA This group was formed by it’s Th namesake at the end of the Secnam ond World War. Ten years laton er, the first Toyota cars and trucks were being exported and tru Sheikh Jameel had the foresight Sh to establish his company as the sole distributor of the brand sol across the Kingdom – anybody acr

COSBEN Cosben make attachments for earth moving and telescopic machines, fitting out all the names on the market, like Komatsu, Manitou, John Deere, Fiat Hitachi, Liebherr, Orenstein & Koppel, and others. The firm states that it has an objective to maintain the right

who has ever been to KSA will testify just how many cars, commercial vehicles and forklift trucks wear the famous stylized ‘T’ across the country. The ALJ group also has interests in Turkey. It is also worth noting that the firm has an ultra rare three letter web address.

quality to price ratio. As a result the company is always researching methods and techniques to improve and widen their range. All the attachments are made in extremely high strength steel. Each production stage is closely studied, monitored and selected by technical experts.

...AND THERE’S A WHOLE LOT MORE W couldn’t fit everybody We o on this run-down of e exhibitors. Indeed, th there are dozens more ccompanies that will be sshowing their wares at the e event. Indeed, some firms

like Al Rehab Volvo are household names. We hope you all enjoy the show.

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2009 Terex RT 1120 / 780 / 665 / 555 (50 – 110 tons) 2009 Terex HC 275 crawler crane (250 tons) 2009 Terex AC 120 (130 tons) 2009 Terex AC 100 (110 tons) 2007 Terex T 775 2008 Grove GMK 5130 (145 tons) 2000 Grove GMK 5180 (200 tons) 2009 Tadano ATF 160-5 (175 tons) 2007 Tadano ATF 90-4 (100 tons) 2006 Tadano ATF 110 (120 tons) 2005 Tadano ATF 60-3 (65 tons) 2002 Liebherr crawler crane (160 tons)




JEDDAH: THE GATEWAY TO THE FUTURE Another look at the developing port – and the opportunities in this coastal ‘boom town’


eddah is known as the ‘gateway city’ in Saudi Arabia. However, the gate has been stuck half open for a number of years as poor roads, an ancient port and near slum-standard housing have created an area crying out for bulldozers to be brought in to bring ‘urban renewal.’ Fortunately, the area is now getting the needed investment - creating opportunities for us all in the machinery industry. With an expected population growth of 2.25 million by 2029, there is a high demand for residential properties, and while its all well and good producing luxurious state of the art towers, the real problem lies in the old parts of the city where, according to a report put forward by Jones Lang La Salle in June 2009, there are around 900,000 people living in ‘unplanned settlements’ – otherwise known as slums. “Jeddah scored relatively poorly in our recent Mena Investor Sentiment Survey, with investors ranking the city below others in the region on a range of criteria including infrastructure, sustainability and real estate market transparency,” the report says. BELTING Machines were required for a huge concrete pour.

FLOAT New container cranes are delivered to the port.

Over the years there has been a preference for low-density buildings and high land-take development, which affects affordability as it drives up demand for, and therefore the price of, land. This has lead to a severe under supply of low-cost housing.

MORTGAGE A lack of a mortgage law in the city is also leading to the younger generation living with parents or forced into ownership with a huge financial burden.

“The residential sector has been negatively impacted by reduced consumer confidence and limited credit availability that has particularly impacted the sales of waterfront property,” Jones Lang La Salle research manager Fayyaz Ahmad says Jeddah Development and Urban Regeneration Company (JDURC), an executive arm of the Jeddah Municipality, is at the heart of initiatives to improve this situation and in May this year it put forward the Jeddah Strategic Plan, mapping out the city’s development over the next 20 years. “The demand is really high in the city. People are taking advantage of the drop in building material prices and are constructing more,” strategic management of land and property for the Jeddah Development and Urban Regeneration Company vice president Dr Abdullgader Amir told us. But he also explains: “The supply [of housing] is not yet close to meeting the demand.” As a result, there is plenty of scope for contactors who can bring the right kind of efficient machinery to the jobsites. Compare this trend to almost anywhere else at the moment, and you will see why this run-down old city has become the new boom town for so many in our industry.

REGENERATION As part of the 20 year plan, the overall aims for Jeddah, are to produce 283,000 housing units to meet immediate deficiency. These must include 80,000 affordable and 151,600 replacement housing units for the currently inadequately housed population in planned

900,000 people live in ‘unplanned developments’ or slums

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038 JEDDAH FOCUS MODERN The crowded terminal was in dire need of upgrade.

“Port expansion is now seen as the key driving force of economic growth” - Aamer Alireza

and unplanned areas. JDURC also aims to provide an additional 670,000 units by 2029 to accommodate population growth. According to Amir, the most important plan for Jeddah is for the redevelopment of the Khozma and Ruwais areas of the city. Joint ventures have been created with private developers and investors to clear and rebuild these run down areas. JDURC’s strategy is to relocate people from these areas to new and affordable communities to the east of Jeddah.

SEAPORT Perhaps the area where the heaviest machinery is working on long contracts is the seaport, officially known as the Red Sea Gateway Terminal, or RSGT. For years, the important terminal, which is the ‘gateway’ to which the name of the city refers has been gently festering, with limited capacity and a tangle of rusting hulks wrecked on the rocks that surround the harbour. Fortunately, there is now a massive investment programme to make this terminal as useful as any other in the world. Dozens of new ship-to-shore cranes have been arriving through the first quarter of 2010, mostly from the Chinese firm ZPMC, though there are a number of Liebherr machines for specialist applications.

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The container cranes have recently been joined by eight rubber-tyre gantry cranes, or straddle carriers also supplied by ZPMC. “RSGT seeks to redefine the port container business in Saudi Arabia, leading and supporting the Kingdom’s ongoing programme of maritime and port expansion, now seen as the key driving force of economic growth”, said RSGT’s CEO, Aamer Alireza “Our terminal will undoubtedly bestow a new status on Jeddah, as we will be the only terminal in the Red Sea with the capability of handling the next generation of super-mega vessels of 13,000 TEUs and above.” Associated with the fit-out is a huge amount of shoring and enabling works, so contractors have been wheeling in some modern concrete moving kit such as the Putzmeister Telebelt in order to keep the project on track.

REDEVELOPMENT Another initiative is the City Centre Development Corporation, a consortium involving the Jeddah Amana and private developers led by the Urban Development Company. This strategy includes the improvement of the city’s infrastructure. For example, there are plans in place to develop the US $6 billion (SAR22.5 billion) Makkah-Madinah Railway, a high speed electrified passenger line, which aims to reduce congestion on the roads during the annual Hajj; the Saudi Land Bridge, composed of two lines running from Riyadh to Jeddah and Dammam to Jubail; and the expansion of ARRIVAL Several deliveries of port cranes have been made.

King Abdulaziz International Airport and Jeddah Islamic Seaport (JIP). “A new terminal will be built along the re-export zone in JIP and shall accommodate one of the biggest container vessels. The expansion will help maintain Jeddah’s leading role as the hub port of the region,” adds Ahmad.

RECOVERY Jeddah is also aware that it needs to improve the city’s public spaces and visual amenity. With this in mind, projects such as the US $1.6 billion Jeddah Gate are being developed across the region. Jeddah Gate will contribute to the needed supply of housing by including 6000 residential units. According to Ahmad, other industries including retail see the financial crisis as a unique opportunity to build new projects. “Most sectors have seen increased levels of new supply enter the market, at a time of subdued demand, ” he says. With all these plans in the pipeline, Jeddah’s gateway to the city could finally swing wide open. And, according to Ahmad, the city has a lot of potential. “Jeddah is unique because it is the commercial and tourist capital of KSA and it is also the most cosmopolitan city” he concludes.

SCOPE FOR MORE METAL There is a huge scope for construction machinery in Jeddah. With more than a quarter of the population living in the delicately named ‘unplanned settlements’, and vast stretches of the city in urgent need of modernization, firms who can supply a whole range of machinery will do well. Apart from the bulldozers and excavators needed for ground clearance, there will be a large program of road building and utility ditching as the infrastructure is upgraded to meet the 2015 plan.

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ou’ve probably seen those enormous ‘Monster Trucks’ on TV. It seems that the carcrushing leviathans have been around forever. In the Middle East, such trucks are unusual, though the Emirates Motor Museum in Abu Dhabi has a selection of customized Dodge Power Wagons which come in a variety of flavours ranging from modified Dune-bashing specials to an outrageous Dodge-shaped caravan, with wheels from a machine designed for moving parts for oil rigs. However, while we have the aforementioned dune-bashing as a sport, Monster Truck racing hasn’t taken off here like it has in the ‘states. Over there, ‘competitions’ are run week in, week out with ever more powerful

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machines racing around oval tracks, usually with a number of scrap cars and other obstacles to drive over. In actual fact, these shows are more ‘sports entertainment’ akin to WWE wrestling rather than real competitions, with ever-changing ‘rules’ to create spectacle, as well as very often pre-decided winners and results. While people have been souping-up trucks for as long as they have been around, the absurd Monster Truck, with hugely oversized wheels and comedy suspension can be traced back to just one machine, built in the late 1970s known as Bigfoot. A construction worker in Missouri named Bob Chandler started to modify his own F250 Ford for serious off-road use. His enthusiasm for the subject

got to the point where he decided to open his own workshop selling parts for modified four wheel drive vehicles, and as such his own vehicle was modified to monstrous proportions to act as a sort of rolling billboard for the business. Firstly, the stock Ford chassis was strengthened. Next, super wide axles from an ex-army vehicle were bolted on, along with modifications to the final drive and the transfer box, in order that it didn’t just go bang every time it was put in to gear. Perhaps the most defining character of the truck though, was the massive 66” wheels that had been sourced from a crop dusting machine, giving the truck the ability to literally drive over junk cars – as Chandler demonstrated to great acclaim on a couple of wrecks bound for the scrapyard.

On a technical note, Bigfoot still remained reasonably agile, as Chandler had developed a type of hydraulic four wheel steering from a sketch he had seen somewhere. This had never been done before as far as anybody knew, and gave Bigfoot a degree of maneuverability that the big spindly wheels belied. Over the next few years the truck captured the public’s imagination, and Chandler was constantly being invited to perform at agricultural shows. By the 1980s, Bigfoot, in many successive guises spawned hundreds of imitators, and picked up dozens of franchises including remote control cars and even a Japanese cartoon series spin-off. The truck’s latest incarnation and the shop it was created in remain popular to this day.


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