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Doosan excavators in vital flood relief contract (Oct 2011)

22 November, 2011

A fleet of five Doosan crawler excavators have been used on a prestigious flood relief contract in the picturesque village of Delph near Oldham in Lancashire. Supplied by Total Plant Hire, based at Trafford Park in Manchester, the applications for the Doosan excavators, the biggest of which was a 34 tonne DX340LC model, have included the construction of a new underground stormwater storage tank with a diameter of 25m and a depth of 22m. The new stormwater tank will help to prevent sewers overflowing and flooding the surrounding area during periods of heavy rainfall.

£3.6 billion investment programme
The new tank is part of the £5.3 million sewer upgrade project being carried out by Balfour Beatty Utility Solutions working with the Network Construction Alliance on behalf of United Utilities. The project forms part of United Utilities’ £3.6 billion investment programme between 2010 and 2015, to upgrade water and sewerage infrastructure and improve the environment across North West England. The entire project is expected to be up and running by Spring 2012. As well as the storage tank, the project involves connecting sewers in private land behind Delph Primary School and laying bigger sewers in Denshaw Road to help prevent the drainage network from overflowing.
The five machines working on the Balfour Beatty project are among over 80 Doosan excavators in the Total Plant Hire fleet, all purchased from Plant Link, based at Rainford, near St Helens, the Authorised Doosan dealer for Merseyside, Greater Manchester, Lancashire, Cheshire and North Wales. Thomas Halligan, owner of Total Plant Hire, said: “I have been running Doosan excavators from Plant Link for the last four years. The first order we placed was for six DX300 models. Right from the start, all the drivers really liked the feel and performance of the Doosan machines and all the machines have required little or no additional maintenance, resulting in a minimal spare parts budget.”
Mixed fleet
Total Plant Hire runs a mixed fleet of Doosan excavators comprising both crawler and wheeled models. Doosan wheeled excavators were added in 2008 as the company diversified into the utility market and the fleet was further expanded 12 months ago with the addition of the first Doosan mini-excavators.
The range of applications for the DX340LC excavator runs from heavy construction and excavation to development of construction sites, construction and renovation of highways and other large works of civil engineering as well as mining and quarrying. The long carriage (LC) design offers exceptional stability and safety in all kinds of operating circumstances, including heavy material-shifting and lifting applications. The DX340LC has an operating weight of 33.96 tonne and, with the standard 3.2 m arm, offers a maximum digging depth of 7533mm.

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