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Doosan excavator for wind farm

Doosan has sold its first Stage IIIB-compliant DX300LC-3 crawler excavator in the UK.

It has gone to Scottish civil engineering contractor MK Leslie.

The firm bought the machine from Inverurie-based dealer Balgownie.

It is using it to excavate foundations for Phase 2 of the Camster wind farm near Thurso, where MK Leslie is a subcontractor to main contractor Morrison Construction.

MK Leslie managing director Keith Leslie said the new machine’s fuel consumption is around 20% better than other machines of a similar size on the market. The Camster wind farm consists of 25 turbines capable of generating up to 50MW of electricity, enough to power 35,000 homes each year. It is due to be operational by mid-2013.

The contractor is using long-reach equipment on the new excavator. “The long reach equipment is very useful on the Camster project because of the saturated peat terrain, allowing us to side cast the foundations without fear of pushing the peat back into the pits we’ve dug,” said Leslie.

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