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Ghana’s President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, speaking at the launch. (Image source: Office of the President, Republic of Ghana)

Ghana’s President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has presided over the sod-cutting ceremony for the dualisation of the Anwiankwanta-Ahenema Kokoben Road

The 20 km project is considered a vital step towards enhancing the road infrastructure in the Ashanti Region and alleviating traffic congestion and improving connectivity.

“The dualisation of the Anwiankwanta-Ahenema Kokoben Road will address the perennial congestion experienced on this road, which has affected the movement of goods to towns such as Ahenema Kokoben, Brofoyeduru, Kotwi, Trede, Adjamesu Dominase, Ofoase Kokoben, Anwiankwanta, Bekwai, and Obuasi,” commented the President at the ceremony.

He continued by highlighting that the project is part of a broader initiative to improve road conditions across densely populated areas in a bid to reduce travel times, lower vehicle operating costs and enhance road safety.

The project in Ghana will be executed by M/S Kofi Job Ltd, a Ghanaian company, under the supervision of the Ministry of Roads and Highways through the Ghana Highway Authority.

“Our government remains committed to decongesting urban areas and improving the overall infrastructure of our nation,” the President surmised. “This project is a testament to our dedication to solving real-life challenges and enhancing the quality of life for Ghanaians.”

Other significant road projects in the region were also outlined by the President, including the dualisation of the Ofankor-Nsawam Road and the Adenta-Dodowa Road. Additionally, the government is focused on replicating such initiatives along other road corridors within the region, such as the Suame Roundabout to Tafo Pankrono, and in other parts of the country, such as Takoradi and Tamale.

In his concluding remarks, President Akufo-Addo stressed the importance of continued investment in road infrastructure to address the country’s road deficit and meet the evolving needs of the population.

The HQ is expected to be completed and handed over by February 2025. (Image source: ECOWAS)

The ECOWAS Ad-Hoc Ministerial Committee on the Construction of Headquarters of Community Institutions met at the site of the new ECOWAS Headquarters in Abuja, Nigeria, to assess progress

The new building – known as ‘The Eye of West Africa’ – is located along the Airport Road in the Nigerian city and is being constructed from a grant from the People’s Republic of China through the China International Development Cooperation Agency (China Aid). Work began at the site in November 2022 and, according to ECOWAS, substantial progress has been achieved; hitting 33% physical and 45% financial completion. As a result, the construction is expected to be completed and handed over by February 2025.

On the occasion of the committee’s visit, Damtien L. Tchintchibidja, the vice president of the ECOWAS Commission, expressed the appreciation of ECOWAS Institutions to the Federal Republic of Nigeria for the land provided, the duty waivers granted, development permits facilitated and all the other supports towards the commencement of the construction. The vice president also took the opportunity to pay thanks and respect to the People’s Republic of China, stating, “This gesture represents a beacon in the ongoing cooperation between the People’s Republic of China and ECOWAS Member States.”

Yusuf Maitama Tuggar, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and chairman of the ECOWAS Council of Ministers, thanked his colleague Ministers for their continued commitment to advancing regional integration and socio-economic development of the region.

“The new ECOWAS Headquarters is poised to become a beacon of hope, embodying our shared values and heritage,” he added. “The structure symbolises a promising future for our people – a base from which we will continue to make important strides in regional integration, economic growth, and security.”

The Linnhoff TSD1500 Asphalt Mixing Plant is undertaking crucial work on two rural road projects in Kenya. (Image source: Lintec & Linnhoff)

Power China Group is utilising a Linnhoff TSD1500 Asphalt Mixing Plant for two rural road projects in Kenya, aimed at enhancing local economies and transportation networks 

The first project commenced in Embu City, located 125 km northeast of Nairobi, Kenya, focusing on a 5 km rural road. Activities included road repair to mitigate dust in local neighborhoods, involving soil removal, material replacement, and pothole compaction to improve accessibility for communities.

Following completion, the plant was swiftly disassembled and transported over 400 km to Voi, near Kenya’s southeastern border. At this new site, the plant embarked on constructing a 12 km road section, contributing to a significant transportation initiative by producing high-quality asphalt.

“Since 2010, we’ve been successfully working with the Lintec CSM and CSD Containerised Asphalt Mixing Plants, so we have full confidence in their capabilities, as well as how economical they are to transport from one location to another,” said a spokesperson from Power China Group. “The Linnhoff TSD1500 MobileMix asphalt mixing plant takes portability to a whole new level and has enabled us to react quickly to unexpected situations, while also delivering a healthy revenue stream.”

The Linnhoff TSD1500’s high productivity is impressive given the speed with which the plant can be dismantled, transported, and reassembled. It offers an output of 100-120 tph enabled by its 1,500 kg batch size and 45-55 second batch times,

The Linnhoff TSD range has been designed to maximise plug-and-play convenience while minimising the time spent to assemble and disassemble. There are four modules, and the easily transportable sections are mounted on a chassis which conforms to most international land transportation requirements. In addition, only prime movers are required for quick mobilisation as heavy cranes or concrete foundations are not needed for setup. This further enhances the suitability of these hot-mix asphalt mixing plants for short-term projects in remote locations. The plants also feature Linnhoff’s popular double screen drum technology.

These useful features make the range ideal for the rugged and complex terrain of Kenya's rural roads. The country has plenty of old roads with poor foundations so renovation and upgrading work demand high-performance, cost-efficient, and reliable equipment. Working conditions are further complicated by frequent rainfall which often hinder progress at construction sites.

“The tough conditions make it essential to choose a safe, reliable, accurate, and energy-efficient plant,” concluded the spokesperson. “We were looking for a cost-effective, high-quality asphalt mixing plant with strong relocation capacity to support highway renovation work on a variety of small- and medium-sized projects – and the Linnhoff TSD1500 MobileMix Asphalt Mixing Plant has surpassed all our expectations.”

The Liebherr LTM 1400-6.1 is characterised by its high lifting capacities and 70 m telescopic boom. (Image source: Liebherr)

Liebherr has launched the new LTM 1400-6.1, described by the leading manufacturer as “the world’s most powerful 6-axle crane”

The new machine presents an upgrade to its predecessor, the LTM 1350-6.1, with major differences particularly around the assembly process for the Y-guying system. With one self-assembly lift, the LTM 1400-6.1 places the guying system on the chassis, where it is then pinned in place. The hydraulic quick coupling closes automatically when the boom is luffed down between the two Y-frames. The electrical connection is established with one final movement and the telescopic boom with Y-guying is ready for use in just a few minutes.

Various lattice jibs enable the new crane to work efficiently in a wide range of applications. The fixed lattice jib extends the telescopic boom by up to 45.5 m and can be mounted at an angle of 0°, 10°, 20° and 40°. As an option, the fixed jib can be adjusted between 0° and 40°. The luffing lattice jib, with a length ranging from 14 m to 80.5 m, delivers maximum height, radius and performance.

The total available ballast for the new LTM 1400-6.1 consists of 100 tonnes of basic ballast and 40 tonnes of additional ballast. The hydraulic ballasting device is integrated in the counterweight frame – ballast assembly is simple, quick and does not require an auxiliary crane. The VarioBallast system is fundamentally different to the one found on the predecessor model. The 140 tonnes of total ballast can now be set to a radius of 7.7 m to achieve the higher lifting capacity. In confined spaces, the ballast radius can be reduced to 5.6 m. The counterweight plates are compatible with those found on other large Liebherr cranes.

The variable VarioBase supporting system ensures additional versatility. In addition to the option of flexibly using the predefined support positions with pinning options of 0%, 25%, 50%, 75% and 100%, the sliding beams can now also be freely extended between 0% and 50%. Until now, this was only possible on mobile cranes with up to five axles.

The 400-tonne crane is powered by the Liebherr single-engine concept and a mechanical drive for the superstructure. An eight-cylinder Liebherr diesel engine with 455 kW / 619 h.p. and 3,067 Nm of torque ensures a powerful travel drive.

Liebherr has developed different driving conditions to ensure worldwide, economical mobility. With an axle load of 12 tonnes, the LTM 1400-6.1 with telescopic boom and detachable hook block has an overall length of 17.8 m. On the construction site, the 400-tonne machine can be driven with 10 tonnes of ballast, a three-line hook block and Y-guying with an axle load of less than 16.5 tonnes. Equipment can be removed for road journeys requiring lower axle loads.

Liebherr has also taken pains to ensure safety in ensured at all times when the machinery is being operated. This includes the installation of various driver assistance systems to increase road safety, especially for vulnerable road users such as pedestrians and cyclists. For example, the Blind Spot Information System warns the crane driver when someone is in the vehicle's blind spot, particularly when the crane is turning. The moving off information system also provides a visual and acoustic warning if someone is in front of the crane.

The Carmix Academy 2024 event confirmed the company’s commitment to constant training and the support to its partners. (Image source: Carmix)

From 27 May to 1 of June 2024, Carmix Academy event, a recurring meeting with this year's theme ‘I’m a Carmix Lover', was held in Peru

The initiative reunited clients, sellers, and dealers in an educational and convivial experience, strengthening the relationship between the company and its partners.

Carmix Academy started in Lima, with a first training day dedicated to sellers. During this session, the participants had the opportunity to deepen their knowledge of Carmix products, improving their technical and commercial skills to offer a service increasingly qualified.

The second day was characterised by a convivial barbecue with clients. This informal moment favoured the dialogue and exchange of ideas among the participants, creating an atmosphere of collaboration and friendship.

The participants moved to Cusco on the third day, where the land for the technical and commercial activities was prepared. On the fourth day, the dealers arrived, marking the beginning of the Academy. After a combined session between technicians and sales managers, the group was divided into two sectors to deepen specific aspects.

The fifth day represented the peak of the event, with a practical test of Carmix’ machines. The participants had the opportunity to test directly the products, verifying their performances and learning the best techniques for their use. The day came to an end with a final party, an occasion to celebrate the success of the event and to strengthen the relationships between the participants.

The Carmix Academy 2024 event confirmed once again the company’s commitment to constant training and the support to its partners, reinforcing the Carmix brand name as the leader in the concrete mixers sector.

This article was sponsored by Carmix Metalgalante. Learn more about the company and its solutions at: https://www.carmix.com

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