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Atlas Copco Rental to support the drilling of 240 piles for £25m quay extension at River Tyne

Antwerp, Belgium, October 16, 2015 – Atlas Copco Rental supplies equipment to Southbay Civil Engineering Ltd. This company is the main contractor for the building of a £25m quay extension at the River Tyne in the UK. Two compressors are being used to assist the company with the piling works that form the base of the new quay.

16 October 2015

Air to drill 240 steel piles into river bed

Two oil-injected XAHS compressors are delivered to Southbay Civil Engineering Ltd. for a 10 week period.

“ The compressors will supply the necessary air to drill steel piles into the river bed. In total 240 piles are needed to support the new quay, each up to 33m long and 21 tons. The same equipment will also be required for a further 6 weeks later this year. ”

Paul Stephenson , Managing Director of the company explains
Drilling 240 piles for £25m quay extension at River Tyne, Atlas Copco Rental supports with 2 XAHS compressors.

Support growth of wood pellet import

The River Tyne project covers 300m of quay work and includes a 125m quay extension, an upgrade of 118m of existing quay and 90m of quay wall renewal. This development is required to support the growth in cargo volumes. This includes the import of wood pellets used by power stations to convert coal into renewable fuels.

Berthing four cargo ships at a time

Extending the length of the quay will increase the berthing capacity by almost 20%, enabling up to four large cargo ships to berth simultaneously. The £25m project marks the largest investment since wood pellet facilities were built back in 2010.

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Atlas Copco is a world-leading provider of sustainable productivity solutions. The Group serves customers with innovative compressors, vacuum solutions and air treatment systems, construction and mining equipment, power tools and assembly systems. Atlas Copco develops products and service focused on productivity, energy efficiency, safety and ergonomics. The company was founded in 1873, is based in Stockholm, Sweden, and has a global reach spanning more than 180 countries. In 2015, Atlas Copco had revenues of BSEK 102 (BEUR 11) and more than 43 000 employees.


Specialty Rental is a division within Atlas Copco’s Construction Technique business area. It serves customers in the industry segments around the world with temporary air, nitrogen, steam and power rental solutions. The specialty rental services are offered under several brands. The divisional headquarters is located in Houston, USA.