Kafr El Sheikh, Egypt (19th June 2017) – Marking another milestone that reflects its leadership in the infrastructure sector in Egypt and the Middle East, since 2015 Orascom Construction (OC) has been involved in the turn-key construction of two state-of-the-art combined cycle power plants in Egypt — both of which are the largest the world has ever seen. To adapt to the challenges of safe work on these challenging jobsites, OC used two Genie® ZX-135/70 boom lifts, in addition to a mix of ten Genie Z™-80/60 booms, GS™-4047 scissors lifts and GTH™-4018 telehandlers.

To support its equipment needs, OC relies on its internal equipment division Orascom Trading Co. (OTC). Having served OC for the past 20 years, in 2016 OTC signed up as an Authorised Genie Distributor in Egypt. Based in Cairo, and now catering for the access needs of rental and contractor companies countrywide, OTC offers the full range of Genie® products. As a result, earlier this year its longstanding customer OC was among the first companies in Egypt to benefit from the advantages of its trusted supplier’s expanded Genie offering. OTC particularly recommended the use of Genie boom lifts, scissors lifts and telehandlers that OC used on both jobsites to meet the challenging applications’ needs.

Constructed in a consortium with Siemens, each of the two power plants under construction by OC has a contract value of USD 2.24 billion (EUR 2 billion) and a power generation capacity of 4,800 MW. Both operate on natural gas with light fuel as a backup to offer an affordable, reliable and sustainable energy mix for Egypt’s future. Phase I of the project was officially inaugurated in the presence of Angela Merkel (Chancellor of Germany representing Siemens) this March. Construction of the second facility, located on the Mediterranean coast, north of Borolos Lake in Egypt’s Kafr El Sheikh Governorate, started this January.



Orascom Trading has been our group’s internal equipment provider for the past 20 years, and when it comes to leading brands they definitely know their business. It came as no surprise to us when they signed up as an authorised Genie distributor last November,” says Mr. Yasser El Saied, Equipment Manager for Orascom Construction. He continues: “Now that we have direct access to the wider range of Genie machines, we have had the opportunity to see their superior quality. Our operators have also been able to experience their ease of operation. We are now keen to lay our hands on as many as we can, and as far as the activity of Orascom Construction goes, that means big numbers.”


Working to a tight 2018 delivery schedule, the large numbers of machines operating on the Borolos site means that the environment is extremely busy. As construction progresses, many of the access tasks involve operating units amidst an intricate forest of pipes and uprights. Consequently, while focusing on productivity, safety and precision are key requirements. “We are impressed by the versatility and precision of the Genie ZX™-135/70 booms which are proving irreplaceable for a wide range of the plant’s highest-reaching tasks. We are also using them to support jobsite supervisors monitoring the quality of work on going on steel and concrete structures, and to assist in the inspection of completed sections of the plant. Once the job is completed, we will be using them for maintenance duties on both sites,” says Mr. El Saied.


Offering a maximum working height of 43.15 m (141 ft), a maximum outreach of 21.26 m (69 ft9 in), an up-and-over clearance of up to 23.01 m (75.5 ft) and a below ground reach of 5.87 m (19 ft) – all accessible with a 272-kg (600-lb) platform capacity, the capabilities of the Genie ZX-135/70 booms are adapted to an extremely broad field of applications. On the Borolos site, electric installations, panelling, cladding, the application of industrial coatings and welding count among the machines multiple tasks. Both of OC’s units also feature an air line option for welding and riveting.


Focusing on high-precision and difficult to reach areas, the distinctive Genie Telescoping Jib-Extend™ design is also a key feature of the Genie ZX-135/70 lift, as well as its 360˚ continuous turntable rotation that OC would not want to be without. Offering exceptional access and precision from a retracted length of 3.66 m (12 ft) to an extended length of 6.10 m (20 ft), the platform also has a 160˚ rotation and operators also benefit from 110˚ vertical range of motion still providing access to “up, over, and in” applications inaccessible by a traditional jib.



For Mr. Ashraf Noshy, Sales Equipment Manager, Orascom Trading Co., “Unlike other similar machines by other brands, we have found that Genie booms are particularly easy and smooth to operate. This also applies to the Genie ZX-135/70 boom that operates without a jolt even when fully elevated. It is also fast to get to the desired height.” He continues: “It’s highly smooth and precise positioning, as well as its ability to be driven at maximum 43.15m (141 ft) height are also key factors that help save time and make work easier. These benefits are much appreciated by our operators.”


About Orascom Trading Co. – Authorised Genie Distributor in Egypt

Orascom Trading was established in 1976 and is considered the corner stone upon which the Orascom Group was founded. Today, Orascom Group is one of the largest private sector companies of its kind in Egypt. The activities of Orsacom Trading Co. encompass the provision of heavy machinery, generator sets, diesel engines, pumps and electric drives, marine equipment, cement equipment, civil aviation equipment, security systems and measuring equipment. Since signing up as an Authorised Genie Distributor in 2016, the company specialises in the sale of the full Genie product range including personnela and materials lifts, telescopic and articulating booms, scissors lifts and telehandlers. Backing the sales of Genie aerial access equipment, Orascom Trading’s offering also comprises the provision of parts, field support and technical and operator training that conforms to the highest health and safety standards. Further information about Orascom Trading can be found at: www.orascom-trading.com

About Orascom Construction

Orascom Construction is a leading global engineering and construction contractor primarily focused on infrastructure, industrial and high-end commercial projects in the Middle East, North Africa, the United States, and the Pacific Rim. OC has consistently ranked among the world’s top contractors and is ranked number 34 on ENR’s 2016 Top 250 International Contractors list. The Group also develops and invests in infrastructure opportunities, owns 50% of BESIX Group, and holds a construction materials and property management portfolio. Orascom Construction has grown from a small family-run construction business into a global engineering and construction contractor with projects and investments around the world. For more information, please visit www.orascom.com

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