The Moldavian Ministry of Transport and Road Infrastructure is investing €150 million to upgrade and refurbish 200km of the country’s major motorways.
In its largest investment in Moldova’s infrastructure to date, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) is extending a €150m loan facility to the Moldovan government for the rebuilding and repair of up to 200km of major motorway network. In addition the US Government’s Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) is investing US$132m in its Moldovan Compact agreement to rehabilitate 93km of the M2 and R9 roads between Sarateni and the city of Soroca.
A consortium of international contractors has already commenced work on several of the road construction and repair projects, with an impressive fleet of 18 New Holland machines already delivered to site. Among the equipment that has been ordered are two F156.7A motorgraders, two W300C wheeled loaders, four W190C loaders, two WE150B wheeled excavators, four B115C backhoe loaders and four L220 skid steers.
“A well-functioning transport system is critical for economic growth and improving Moldova’s road infrastructure is one of my government’s key priorities,” said Prime Minister Iurie Leanca.
“We expect about 1,000 jobs to be created by this investment and it will reduce business costs and increase productivity, creating economic growth and prosperity for all.”
The EBRD loan will be used to rehabilitate sections of the R33 Hincesti-Lapusna-M1 road to the Romanian border, the R14 Balti-Sarenteni transport link between the capital Chisinau and Moldova’s second largest city Balti, the R9 Soroca-Arionesti road in the north of the country and the R34 Hincesti-Leova-Cantemir road in the south. The loan will also help to fund the new 17km M3 Slobozia Mare bypass.
“Located at a geographical crossroads and since 2007 bordering the European Union, Moldova’s roads are becoming increasingly important for the economic development of the country and the wider region,” said Julia Otto, head of the EBRD Resident Office in Chisinau.
“Better roads will help spread economic development to remote regions, will bring producers closer to their markets and will take people to their destinations more safely.”
At 27.3 tonnes, the W300C is New Holland’s largest wheeled loading shovel, boasting a 5.0m3 bucket and a 9.1 tonne bucket payload. As with all of the highly productive loaders in the New Holland range, the W300C benefits from an economical low emission Tier 4i engine with SCR technology, delivering maximum combustion efficiency and lower operating cost for the customer. The W190C loader weighs in at 18.3 tonnes and delivers a 6.4 tonne bucket payload, also with Tier 4i SCR technology, making it an ideal machine for stockpiling and loading duties.
New Holland’s F156.7A is the firm’s most productive motorgrader, with an operating weight of 16.2 tonnes and a 173hp (129kW) dual-power low emission engine. The engine automatically delivers increased power in the higher gears for superior performance and increased production. The B115C is also a top of the range model, the backhoe loader boasting an impressive Tier 4 Interim 110hp (82kW) for best-in-class productivity.
“New Holland is delighted to have been chosen to supply such a wide range of equipment to these essential infrastructure projects,” said Ionut Roscoiu, CNH Construction Equipment’s Central and Eastern European business manager.
“The combination of best-in-class performance from our market-leading low emission engines, proven New Holland reliability and durability, ensure that these machines will deliver maximum productivity for our customers across Moldova. These are important projects that will improve the lives of many people, providing jobs and boosting prosperity throughout the country.”
Source: New Holland News Room