Volvo drives Cambodian golf course construction

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Construction of an 18-hole golf course designed by former world No.1 golfer Nick Faldo has begun at a site in the Cambodian capital of Phnom Penh with help from a fleet of Volvo construction equipment.

Volvo drives Cambodian golf course construction
A Volvo EC210 excavator begins work on the Vattanac golf course near Phnom Penh.

Developer Vattanac Properties’ aim is to make the course one of the region’s premier golfing resorts, attracting locals and international golfers alike.

Set on the Mekong River, Phnom Penh is home to a wealth of Cambodian heritage sites including Wat Phnom, the ancient Buddhist temple from which the city takes its name. The city is home to 2 million people and attracts a sizeable portion of the 4 million tourists who visit the country every year.

Vattanac Properties executive director Sam Ang Vattanac says the golf resort, located 15km from the city centre, will cover over 500 hectares and will include a clubhouse, hotel, wedding banquet facility and extensive real estate.

He says the company has acquired five EC210BLC excavators from Volvo CE’s dealer in Cambodia, United Mercury Group (UMG), to work on the construction of all aspects of the luxury development. The resort is set to be completed in 2020, with the five EC210BLC earthmovers contracted until the project closes.

The EC210BLC, which features a unique hydraulic system and four power modes, is a popular machine throughout the region, UMG says, adding: "A robust undercarriage and variety of boom and arm configurations make this machine an ideal fit for the range of tasks require on this project."

Volvo CE reports that its machines have experienced a recent surge in sales across Cambodia, with crawler excavators such as the EC210BLC seeing a 50 percent increase in market share since the beginning of 2015.

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