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Charlotte Divet - Contributing Editor - JUNE 8, 2017
Manitou unveils its new backhoe loader at Intermat Asean
At the current Intermat Asean trade show held in Bangkok, the global company, specialized in all-terrain material handling, has presented its new model manufactured at the Terex facility located in India.

The first edition of Intermat in Asia has started today in Bangkok.

At this occasion, Manitou, which has recently acquired Terex Equipment Private Limited in India, has showcased its new model of backhoe loader, the TLB-844S.  The machine has been manufactured by Terex’s facility in India.

Antoine Chazelle, Vice-President Sales & Marketing of Manitou APAC (Asia-Pacific) commented: “The Manitou group is excited about presenting this new backhoe loader produced in Asia for Asian customers. We are able to offer our customers a new option, which meets their everyday construction needs. We also offer a complete range of spare parts and services. We will continue to provide more and more solutions based on listening to our customers.”

The TLB-844S backhoe loader features a wide bucket on the front of the machine and a backhoe on the back that allow the operator to dig and load without changing machines. They also contribute to reduce energy consumption and increase productivity.

At the trade show, Manitou also exhibits its best-selling MTX-625 telehandler which has a small overall width of 1.81 metres allowing the operator to manoeuvre around cramped work sites.

The 180 ATJ articulated telescopic work platform, the MRT-X 1840 rotating telehandler are also on show at Intermat Asean.
 

Charlotte Divet - Contributing Editor - JUNE 7, 2017
New location for North East Line extension unveiled in Singapore
On June 7, the Land Transport Authority (LTA) has announced the alignement and station location for the 1.6km long North East Line extension (NELe) to open by 2023.

Initially planned for 2030, the LTA has decided to bring forward the NELe project’s completion in order to support develoments in Punggol North area.

The LTA is willing to develop Northshore District and Punggol Point District with new residential estates as well as the Punggol Digital District, Singapore’s pilot Enterprise District which includes JTC Corporation’s mixed-use developments and the Singapore Institure of Technology’s new campus.

The creation of new Punggol Coast station (MRT) would add a seventeeth station to the NEL comprising five interchange stations.

The objective is to enhance rail connectivity from Punggol North to the city centre and other parts of Singapore reducing travelling time by up to 15 minutes. Moreover the project is to transform the district into an attractive live-work-learn-play environment for residents, workers and students.

LTA Deputy Chief Executive (Public Transport, Policy & Planning), Mr Jeremy Yap said: “This is the first time we have used such an approach when designing a station. We envision the station to be a vibrant community hub that brings commuters together in the heart of Punggol North. Unique to the Punggol Coast Station will be more open public spaces inside the station for friends and colleagues to socialise. Those who will be working and learning within the future Punggol Digital District will be able to organise various activities at these spaces.”

Tenders for the project realization are called this month in order to start construction work in the first half of 2018.
 

Pascal Wayne - JUNE 5, 2017
UPS to have new $180M processing facility in Arizona
United Parcel Service (UPS), a provider of supply chain managements solutions has unveiled plans to build a new package processing hub in the city of Goodyear.

To be located in Arizona’s city, Goodyear, the phased hub modifies a 618,000 square foot structure on 140 acres in the PV303 Development.
A portion of the building is foreseen to be operational later this year, in time for the busy holiday season to provide additional processing and efficient automated sorting capacity for lightweight small packages typical of e-commerce moving throughout Arizona and the Southwest.

Ken Cherry, president of the UPS Desert Mountain district that includes Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico and Utah declared: “UPS is a leader in operational efficiency and flexibility and is quick to adapt the UPS® network to changing needs of shippers and consumers. We’re investing for growth and to give opportunity to our people to build skills for tomorrow’s economy.”

After completion, the new processing hub is to feature more than 970,000 square feet of advanced operational technologies and sortation equipment under roof. It is also foreseen to create around 1,500 jobs in the region.

Goodyear Mayor Georgia Lord commented: "I am very pleased that United Parcel Service (UPS) selected Goodyear for its regional operations center. UPS locating here is huge step forward to further our goal as an employment corridor.”  

The new facility is worth $180M.
 

Charlotte Divet - Contributing Editor - JUNE 5, 2017
Vattenfall invests €100M for power-to-heat plant construction in Berlin
The Swedish power company,Vattenfall has announced at the beginning of the month its investment to build a new power-to-heat asset and in gas-fired heat-only boilers in the German capital city.

The new facility is to feature power-to-heat boilers that use electricity to generate Berlin’s Spandau district heating as well as heat-only boilers fired by natural gas.

Tuomo Hatakka, responsible for business area heat at Vattenfall, said: “In February this year we took the final investment decision on the construction of the new combined heat and power plant in Berlin-Marzahn. With our second big investment decision this year for the district heating business, we confirm once more our commitment to our Berlin base and support the local government in their ambition to reach climate neutrality for Berlin by 2050.”

When operational, the hard-coal-fired Unit C of power plant Reuter would be taken off the grid and the power-to-heat asset will have a total capacity of 120MWth.

Gunther Müller, spokesperson of the board of Vattenfall Wärme in Berlin, added: “Our district heating is an important player in Berlin’s energy transition. The power-to-heat asset in Spandau will not only optimise the dispatch of the CHP plant Reuter West, but also enable the use of electricity from renewable energy sources to generate climate-friendly district heating in the future.”

Construction of the project is to start this autumn with commissioning scheduled for 2019.

Vattenfall’s investment is worth €100M.
 

Mary Brune - JUNE 5, 2017
Terex Trucks has new Global Sales Director
On June 5, the established global manufacturer has officially unveiled the hiring of Guy Wilson as Global Sales Director.

Prior to his position at Terex Trucks, Guy Wilson was Managing Director for Volvo Construction Equipment Italia and before CFO and Deputy Managing Director at Volvo CE’s UK dealership.

Guy Wilson is now responsible for leading Terex Trucks’ global sales team. He has to manage and provide strategic direction to the sales directors, the regional sales teams and the Motherwell-based central key accounts resource.
 
Director and General Manager of Terex Trucks, Paul Douglas, commented: "We are delighted that Guy is bringing his extensive management and leadership expertise to the global sales team.

"His strong background in national distribution and dealer management, as well as his roles at Volvo CE have equipped him to understand what it takes to succeed through a channel network. I’m sure our dealers will benefit hugely from this appointment."

For his new function, Guy Wilson will be based in Motherwell, Scotland.
 

Charlotte Divet - Contributing Editor - JUNE 5, 2017
Biggest African wind farm to be built in Ghana
The Lekela Power joint venture comprising Mainstream Renewable Power and the investor, Actis, is developing the 225MW Ayitepa wind project in the Ningo-Prampram district.
 
The wind facility is to operate for 25 years with the objective to enhance the electricity supply deficit of Ghana.

Seventy-five turbines rated between 2.75MW and 3.5MW are to compose the farm that is to be constructed in two phases.

The first phase will bring 150MW capacity to the Ayitepa plant while the other phase will add 75MW.

The wind farm is to be situated in the Ningo-Prampram district, 60 kilometers east of Accra city.

It is to supply annually around 60,000 households in electricity.

A new transmission substation is to be installed in the facility to transfer the power to Ghana’s National Interconnected Transmission Grid (NITS)

Construction work is to start in late-2017. Sixteen months are required to complete the project that is to generate first power in 2018.

More than five hundreds employments are to be created during the construction phase and fifty during operations.

When completed, the wind farm is to stand as the first facility of this type in Ghana and the biggest of Africa.

The wind project costs $525M.
 

Pascal Wayne - JUNE 5, 2017
Extension of East Light Rail Transit underway in Philippines
The Department of Transportation (DOTr) and the Light Rail Transit Authority (LRTA) have started construction of the Light Rail Transit (LRT)-2 East extension project.

The existing LRT-2 System from Santolan, Pasig City to Masinag in Antipolo, Rizal is to be extended by four kilometers.

LRTA administrator Reynaldo Berroya explained: “The completion of the LRT Line 2 East Extension Project is part of the fulfillment of the government’s promise to ease traffic congestion by extending the service of the LRT Line 2 System to the eastern part of Metro Manila.”

As part of the project, two new stations are to be built: the Emerald station and the Masinag station.
80,000 passengers are foreseen to use daily the new stations.
Completion of the stations is scheduled for August 2018.

DOTr secretary Arthur Tugade said: “It will be a timely addition to have both new stations in the LRT Line 2 as we acknowledge the need for greater accessibility of passengers coming from the eastern side of Metro Manila extending to key areas of Antipolo and its nearby cities.”
 

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