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PVE 250M extracts 36m piles for largest sea lock in the world
In the beginning of September 2016 the construction of a new sea sluice in IJmuiden (the Netherlands) has started. This new and larger sea lock is designed to improve the accessibility of the harbour of Amsterdam and to stimulate the economic situation of the region, by offering tidal independent space to ever growing sea ships. The new sea lock will be the largest one in the world. Its dimensions will be 500 meters long, 70 meters wide and 18 meters deep.
The Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and Environment is the principal of this project, which is conducted by constructor consortium OpenIJ. Dutch companies BAM
and Dutch Infrastructure Fund
are part of this consortium. These parties are responsible for the design, realisation, finance and maintenance of the sea lock for the next 26 years.
A large and prestigious project like this should be tested in advance, to make sure the process will run as smooth as possible. Several test piles have been driven in preparation of this project to make sure the right equipment for the job has been chosen. After this test phase, the 36 meter piles had to be extracted. To achieve this, the PVE 250M has been used. This ironclad normal frequency vibratory hammer of Dieseko Group extracted the piles without any problems. Nothing stands in the way to build the largest sea lock in the world, which is expected to be completed in 2019.