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Potain cranes erect a new purpose-built city on Egypt’s northern coast

A new urban development on Egypt’s northern coast is being built with the use of over 35 Potain tower cranes.

A new urban development on Egypt’s northern coast is being built with the use of over 35 Potain tower cranes.

The New El Alamein City project will provide year-round living and accommodate a population of over three million across 21,000 hectares. House hotels, universities, sports clubs, entrainment outlets, residential units, business centres and a scientific research centre are all set to make up the new city.

The fleet of cranes onsite include MCT 85, MCT 205, MC 235 C and MC 310 K12 models. The Potain factory in Zhangjiagang, China, produced all of the cranes and were selected for their reliability and performance.

The MCT 85 and the MCT 205 are the two most preferred cranes on site. Both topless models, the MCT 85 offers a maximum jib length of 52 m and a tip load of 1.1 t, while the MCT 205 has a maximum capacity of 10 t, and can lift 1.75 t with a jib end of 65 m.

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The cranes work around the clock, rotating between three shifts daily, lifting loads ranging from 5 t to 12 t. These cranes began arriving on site in 2018 and are expected to be on site for at least five years.

International Development Programmes marketing and communications manager, Noreen Soliman, said the use of Potain cranes adds an element of confidence to all contractors working on this huge project.

“To date, the feedback on their performance has been all positive,” he said. “Potain is a trusted brand in Egypt, with the range, reputation and performance to keep a high-profile project like this on track.”

Contractors on site, including Redcon and Red Sea Construction, are playing a part in the construction a new generation of millennium cities in Egypt.

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