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Terex rough terrain cranes deployed to major infrastructure project

Terex rough terrain cranes are helping to construct Ivory Coast's Abidjan Metro.

Three Terex rough terrain cranes are currently working on the Abidjan Metro, a 37.5km rapid transit network in Ivory Coast, West Africa.

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The project, led by French engineering group Bouygues Construction through its subsidiary Société Ivoirienne de Construction du Métro d’Abidjan (SICMA), the three cranes were sold by Terex’ regional distributor, SNM Cranes. According to Sales Director at SNM Cranes, Olivier Galzin, the involvement of the three Terex RT 1070 machines is “rewarding” for the distributor.

“We are honoured to play a role in shaping the future of urban mobility in Abidjan,” he said. “This collaboration exemplifies our commitment to excellence and innovation in construction, and we look forward to continuing our support as the project reaches new heights.”


The Terex RT 1070 possesses a maximum lifting capacity of 70 tonnes, a maximum operating radius of 32.4m, and a maximum hook height of 55m. According to the manufacturer, the cranes possess excellent ground clearance, compact dimensions of only three metres wide, and three steering modes, providing the crane with a high level of transportability and manoeuvrability.

Furthermore, according to Terex, high performance is supported with its four-section hydraulic boom with two extension modes offering strength and stability.  The rough terrain cranes also feature a seven-inch full-colour display offering full control of the crane, along with an ergonomic joystick with adjustable responsiveness to operator preferences. This along with an extra wide, tiltable cabin offers “comfort and visibility” for operators.

The cranes are currently facilitating the lifting and positioning of elements of VSoL walls – a technique that consists of reinforced concrete retaining walls utilising concrete scales and galvanised steel bar mesh.

The Abidjan metro project aims to revolutionise urban transport, streamline commuting, and bolster the economy of the region by delivering improved connectivity and convenience to the 530,000 residents of Abidjan who will rely on it daily, along with an annual capacity to transport 180,000,000 passengers.

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