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Soilmec UK

Piling equipment manufacturer Soilmec UK has supplied the first of its latest CM48 hydraulic rotary piling rigs to the Republic of Ireland.

Cork-based foundation contractor Cainwhite Engineering bought the machine for a contract at Tivoli in Cork harbour. Working for main contractor Flemings Construction and client the Port Authority of Cork, the firm installed 460, 450mm diameter CFA piles to depths of 21m for mining company Minorco Lisheen's new dockside ore handling and storage facility.

Piles with working loads of 1000kN were put down through 12m of alluvial silt overlying glacial sands and gravels. Piling finished in May when the piles were capped by Flemings and linked into the floor slab of the store which will hold zinc and lead ore before distribution by road.

Soilmec's self-erecting rig can form up to 900mm diameter CFA piles to a maximum depth of 23.5m. It can be up and running within one-and-a- half hours of arriving on site and has extendible tracks of up to 4m to increase working stability.

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