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Qatar firm orders Chicago Pneumatic breakers for World Cup work

Doha-based Rock Fall Contracting expands its fleet of Chicago Pneumatic hydraulic breakers with the purchase of two RX8 and two RX54 units rig-mounted breaker units

Chicago's largest breaker, the RX54, can deliver an impact rate of up to 800bpm.
Chicago's largest breaker, the RX54, can deliver an impact rate of up to 800bpm.

Doha-based Rock Fall Contracting (RFC), a civil engineering and earthmoving specialist contractor based in Qatar, has expanded its fleet of Chicago Pneumatic hydraulic breakers with the purchase of two RX8 and two RX54 units rig-mounted breaker units.

The order will see the two RX8 light hydraulic breakers put to use primarily for road construction applications, while the two RX54 units, Chicago’s largest hydraulic breakers with a service weight of 4,200 kg, will be put to use in heavy demolition, rock excavation and quarry applications.

The RX54 breakers fit carrier weights of up to 70 tonnes and deliver an impact rate of up to 800bpm.

The breakers are destined for use in demanding applications associated with the programme of infrastructure works underway on the peninsular ahead of Qatar’s hosting of the IAAF World Athletics Championship in 2019 and World Cup in 2022.

As Shaukat Ali, the chief operations officer at RFC, explained: “Many of these critical projects have benefited from enhanced government spending to ensure they are delivered on time.

“Our own ongoing investment in tough, reliable and easy-to-maintain equipment, like RX breakers from Chicago Pneumatic, has helped us to cope with increased demand arising from these major civil engineering projects and prove our reputation as an earthworks industry specialist.”

RX breakers have already proven essential to RFC in excavation operations along a 47km stretch of Qatar’s GTC 600 project that is connecting four mega reservoirs that will irrigate the northern half of the country.

For this work, RFC used a combination of RX26, RX46 and RX54 breakers to excavate to a width of six to 10 metres and depth of four to 10 metres, and complete 2.2 million cubic metres of earthworks in 16 months.

RFC has also deployed RX breakers in the execution of the New Orbital Highway-3 (NOH3) project, which will lead to the construction of a 56 kilometre super highway comprising of six light lanes for car and three heavy lanes for trucks, as part of the development programme for the 2022 World Cup.

Ali added: “RX breakers have helped us reach daily production levels of 8,000 cubic metres and will be in operation until the end of the project in 2018.”

A key benefit of the RX series breakers include a power boost feature that harnesses recoil energy to achieve greater breaking performance without requiring additional hydraulic input.

The range is also easy to maintain and service thanks to the readily availability and interchangeability of its parts.

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