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Italian maker celebrates drilling rig number 4,000

Italy-based Soilmec has celebrated production of its 4,000th foundation drilling rig - a record the company believes no other manufacturer in the world has achieved.

The SR-100 model has been painted in special livery to mark the occasion and has already been dispatched to site in Denmark where it will be used by parent company Trevi for construction of Copenhagen’s new subway.

The 140t SR-100 is the largest in Soilmec’s CFA piling rig range and the machine’s 480kW engine allows it to deliver a maximum torque of 452kN/m and extraction force of 1,480kN. The rig can drill to a maximum depth of 92m and create piles of up to 3,500mm in diameter.

Trevi will be using the new rig on the special foundations needed for the 17 new stations on phase four of the Copenhagen metro project. The company is also carrying out soil consolidation work ahead of the TBM drives for the main tunnels which are being undertaken by main contractor Salini Costruttori.

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