MHWirth’s PBA 615 Advances India’s Ambitious Infrastructure Projects

In 2016, MHWirth launched their pile top drill rig PBA 615 for drilling diameters up to 2 m. One of these machines is currently operating in Mumbai, India, for the Mumbai Port extension project.

The PBA 615 is applied for the extension of one of the oldest ports in India, the Mumbai Port Trust, located at the east coast of Mumbai main land. To prepare for further growth, the port will be extended by a 5th oil terminal at Jawhar Deep. The work is executed by ITD Cementation India.

For construction of the 2,500 m long approach trestle, more than 600 piles with 1.2 m in diameter are currently drilled at a drilling depth of up to 45 m. Geology is abrasive Mumbai basalt with rock strengths varying between 50 and 80 MPa.

“With a performance-optimized machine design our reliable PBA 615 achieves more than 50% higher penetration rates than conventional solutions in the market,” explains Shakti Chand Verma, director MHWirth India.

“MHWirth’s technologically advanced solution shows a very good drilling performance during the project,” adds Jayanta Basu, executive vice president and COO of ITD Cementation India. “Additionally, we benefit from their local presence in India with highly-skilled service personnel.”

MHWirth’s PBA 615 combines a small footprint with light weight and increased performance. The compact footprint is particularly beneficial in tight jobsites and with a flexible set-up it allows to drill closer to existing walls than any other machine. Additionally, the new PBA 615 and the corresponding power unit HP IVa comprise various improvements for increased user friendliness and HSE performance, such as possible operation with biodegradable oil or spillage protection due to an integrated tray.

MHWirth’s portfolio for foundation drilling covers the diameter range from 0.6 to 7.0 m and provides the most efficient solution for foundations in mixed and hard rock. More than 300 pile top drill rigs by MHWirth have proven to be outstandingly reliable and efficient in numerous projects around the world.

Source: MHWirth

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