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Volvo EC210D excavator helps repair lava-damaged Indonesian river

First publishedin Aggregates Business International
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The Volvo EC210D excavator loads material into a truck during its work on the Pabelan river project

A Volvo EC210D crawler excavator has been helping to stabilise a major river in Indonesia after it was damaged during a huge volcanic eruption. Guy Woodford reports.

Close to a decade after one of the biggest volcanic eruptions in the history of Indonesia’s Central Java region, a Volvo excavator is helping to return the Pabelan river back to its original form.

In 2010, one of Indonesia’s most dangerous volcanos—Mount Merapi in Central Java—violently erupted over the course of two months, engulfing nearby areas in ash, mud and debris.

Described as one of the largest volcanic eruptions in the region since the 1870s, the volcano dumped massive amounts of cold lava that flooded and damaged rivers including the nearby Pabelan river in Muntilan, Magelang. Now, eight years on, a local mining quarry company is using an EC210D crawler excavator from Volvo Construction Equipment to mine for rocks and to help stabilise the river.

“We purchased a Volvo EC210D because it is fuel efficient and the engine power is strong enough to deal with the challenges of working with very large stone material and rapidly changing weather,” said H.N. Year, owner of CV Sumber Jaya Sakti, a mining quarry company based in the area.

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The Volvo EC210D was said to be chosen for the restoration on the Pabelan river due to the machine's strength, durability and tough engine compared to other brands

On site since September 2017, the versatile EC210D is helping move between 280m³ to 300m³ of sand and rocks/day at the Pabelan river project. The crawler excavator joins a fleet of excavators and wheeled loaders, and is expected to remain on site for one year, working an average of 22-hours per day as part of the two-year river stabilisation project.

“Volvo machines are high performers that are durable, reliable and provide strong power in this tough and challenging environment,” Year said. “We selected the EC210D for its four-cylinder engine and the D-series cab, but the crawler excavator’s high torsion with low RPM is also making it a hit on the job site.”

Designed to increase productivity and reduce fuel consumption, the robust crawler excavator features a maximum slew speed of 12.3r/min, maximum slew torque of 76.7kNm, maximum bucket capacity of 1.22m³, and maximum operating weight of 22.8tonnes. Equipped with a Volvo D5E engine, the four cylinder, vertical, electronic-controlled high pressure fuel injectors, help the EC210D provide superior performance.

“We invested in the EC210D because of the machine’s strength, durability and tough engines compared to other brands,” Year said.

CV Sumber Jaya Sakti purchased the EC210D from PT Indotruck Utama, a Jakarta-based Volvo CE dealer since 2011. Established in 1988, PT Indotruck Utama is a subsidiary of Indomobil Group, one of the largest automotive distributors and manufacturers in Indonesia.

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