Breaking News
• LANXESS again included in Dow Jones Sustainability Indices with top rankings    • CNH Industrial Presents 'Transform 2 Win' Strategy for Stakeholder Value Creation at New York Investor Day    • Terex celebrates a decade of success in India    • PR Solution (PRS) Global to launch an World's largest online etiquette Institute" International Institute of Corporate Etiquette" soon    • Seminar on Cyber-Crime-Prevention and Security Media Release    • FASTags to be made mandatory from December    • Schaeffler India Limited appoints Harsha Kadam as Managing Director effective Oct 01, 2019    • strengthens its leadership ranks, appoints Madhukar Kumar as Chief Analytics Officer    • SKOCH AWARD FOR BEML    • Kivanç Tekstil joins hands with Reliance to create a Sustainable Future    • CASE India Launches Multi-Media Aided School Education Project    • SDLG's 'Reliable Skills' winner receives expert training and worksite optimisation    • Tata Sponge Iron acquires steel business of Usha Martin for Rs 4,094 crore.    • India, Sweden sign on solutions for smart cities, clean technologies    • Appraisal 2019: First-ever survey on 'What India Wants'    • SunTec Confluence Dubai Highlights Critical Need for elevating Customer Experience through Digital Transformation    • thyssenkrupp names Manish Mehan as the new CEO of thyssenkrupp Elevator (India)    • Founding meeting at bauma New working group Machines in Construction 4.0    • Ingersoll Rand Employees Celebrate Earth Day with 'Small Changes that Make Big Impact' in India    • ZestMoney EMI launches on Flipkart    • From spectrum to media rights, mjunction brings in transparency & efficiency in sale of diverse assets    • ICRA: Strong demand growth for MCE industry during Cy2018; robust long-term outlook    • German construction machinery industry demands stable framework conditions in Europe    • Thermax inaugurates its state-of-the-art manufacturing facility at Sri City, Andhra Pradesh    • CASE Construction Equipment strengthens its distribution network in Bihar   

Volvo EC210D chosen for volcano protection work in the Philippines

Four EC210D units from Volvo are delivering much needed protection to Filipino villagers living near the Mayon volcano. The heavy-duty machines are building spillways to direct lava, debris and rain away from populated areas, while simultaneously preserving valuable aggregate resources.

The Mayon volcano near the city of Legazpi is one of the most active volcanoes in the Philippines. While volcano soil is extremely fertile for farming, lava flows are always a hazard. In addition, the wet season from July to December also poses challenges with the high volume of rainwater and debris it brings from the volcano.

Fear of eruption
To alleviate this, the local government is financing construction of a network of spillways around the volcano, to direct the flow of rain, debris and lava. 

“The fear of an eruption is always present among the villagers and they are really grateful that these spillways are being constructed,” says Joel Banzuela, project foreman at regional contracting giant Sunwest Construction and Development Corporation.

At one of these spillways at the foot of the volcano, Sunwest is using four Volvo EC210D excavators to manage the construction work. The machines are working around 10 hours a day, removing earth, preparing the ground for foundations and working with pile hammers to drive steel sheet piles.  

This particular Legazpi spillway project is around 5 km long and is expected to be completed in 2019. In addition to diverting rainwater and lava from the villages, the spillways will also preserve the sand and stone that erupt from inside Mayon. The high quality volcano aggregate is collected and sold onwards to local construction industries. 

Great swing speed
“It doesn't matter how tough the job, the EC210D always delivers power, performance and reliability,” says Noli Espartinez, operations manager at Sunwest Resources. “They are also really versatile and with great swing speed and stability.”

Besides buckets and pile sheet hammers, the EC210D can also be fitted with a selection of hydraulic breakers.

“We like that the EC210D offers a variety of attachments to support different applications. This is important for us as we can use the machine on a wider range of projects,” Espartinez says.

Local service from Civic
Sunwest today has more than 80 units of the Volvo EC210D in their fleet alongside with a large number of other Volvo machines, including the new EC200D.

Service and support is never far away. Volvo´s distribution partner in the Philippines, Civic Merchandising, recently opened a service branch in Legazpi, to provide top-class service for Sunwest and other Volvo customers in the region.

“We benefit hugely from Civic´s strong presence in Legazpi,” Espartinez says. “Their local team is extremely helpful and always provide fast and good support when needed.”

Easy to operate
The EC210D has a Volvo D5E engine, which combines with the machine's proven hydraulics to provide high torque at low rpm for superior performance and fuel efficiency. It is also equipped with five different work modes: Idle, Fine, General, Heavy and Power Max. 

“Our operators enjoy working in the EC210D. It's not only comfortable but offers features that increase productivity and make it easy to operate,” Banzuela says.