Equipment focus: Volvo L110F wheel loader
A Volvo L110F wheel loader is helping a city in Lebanon to clear the mess during the country’s ongoing waste crisis.
In 2015 Lebanese authorities closed the country’s largest landfill site and main waste treatment facility at Na’ameh, just south of the capital Beirut due to pressure from local residents. However, no suitable replacement has been proposed. Twelve months later cities and municipalities across Lebanon are still struggling to cope with trash piling up on the streets, as their local landfill sites are overflowing.
The city of Zahle is one such place. Home to over 150,000 residents, Zahle is Lebanon’s third-largest city and a significant tourist attraction due to its pleasant climate and bustling restaurant scene. Since the closure of Na’ameh, Zahle has been inundated with solid waste from neighbouring towns.
The city receives humanitarian and development assistant from UK-based NGO Mercy Corp. In January of this year Mercy Corp invited bids from interested companies to upgrade Zahle’s waste management capacity. Volvo CE’s Lebanese distributor AMTRAC won the tender and as part of the solution provided Zahle with a L110F wheel loader.
The Volvo L110F will be primarily used to feed bulk unsorted trash into the sorting lines and to load trucks with rejected material to be sent to the on-site landfill. The machine is expected to work in 10-hour shifts and will move over 250 tonnes of material each day.
The Volvo L110F wheel loader is powered by a 170kW Volvo D7E diesel engine configured to US Tier 3/EU Stage 3A emissions standards. Volvo says the loader’s lifting arm uses Volvo’s proprietary TP linkage system which combines breakout forces of up to 166Nm with parallel lift, making filling the bucket easy.
The L110F’s operator cab features adjustable steering wheels, seat, armrest and lever carrier. All instruments are grouped in front of the operator. The cab is fully air-conditioned and has a dust filter to keep air in the cab clean.
AMTRAC says that while winning the bid was great for their business, it also meant a lot to be able to help the people of Lebanon.
"We were awarded the tender, which I think says a lot about our products and service," AMTRAC manager Anthony Abdelmassih says.
"The benefits of this project were two-fold: it was a great opportunity to give something back to the region and to help it recover, and to help us stay ahead in the waste treatment segment."
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